QPR star anxious to stay injury free
AKOS Buzsaky has pledged to work flat out to consign his injury nightmare to the past and realise his dream of Premier League football.
The Hungarian playmaker made his first start in more than four months last weekend as Rangers brushed aside Middlesbrough – and is anxious to make up for lost time.
Buzsaky is now the club’s longest-serving player after Martin Rowlands’ loan move to Millwall, but is still short of a century of appearances in nearly three and a half years at Loftus Road.
An ankle problem towards the end of the midfielder’s first season with QPR was followed by the torn cruciate ligament at Manchester United that cost him another six months of football.
And, after losing four more months to the knee injury that required surgery last October, Buzsaky will do all he can to make sure he remains injury-free as Rangers begin eyeing the top flight.
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“It was great to get back in the team that soon,” Buzsaky told the Times. “I’d only been involved with the first team squad for a couple of weeks, so it was really nice to start the game at Middlesbrough.
“They took me off because we were winning 3-0, but I felt sharp, better than I expected. I think that was because I’d worked really hard on the training ground and also in the gym, which has paid off.
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“I haven’t been very lucky in terms of injuries, but hopefully this is in the past. I don’t want to think about it – I’m going to work as hard as I can to make sure I’m not injured again.
“I’m very positive and I want to make sure I’m part of the squad next year. I’ve had some good times and also some disappointing times here because of injuries, but one thing is for sure, I’m enjoying it at QPR.
“That’s not the past, I’m talking about now. I’m very settled here and the main thing is for this club to go up to the Premier League – with me.”
The 28-year-old, who cost Rangers �500,000 when he joined them from Plymouth in 2007, has filled various roles during his Loftus Road career, including spells on the right flank and as an orthodox central midfielder.
He was also asked to play a deeper position to cover for Alejandro Faurlin’s injury earlier in the campaign, but took on a job at the Riverside that suits his game far better – as one of the three attacking players behind the main striker.
“If they want to play me in goal, I would be a goalkeeper!” said Buzsaky. “But I like to play as one of the three guys behind the top striker, who can create things and run where they want.
“I’m sure it’s a good thing for the club that people like Adel [Taarabt] and Wayne [Routledge] and me can play next to each other and create chances.
“If there are more creative players, the more chances we have to score goals and that’s the most important thing – that the team is doing well and winning games, it doesn’t matter who scores the goals.
“When you go to Middlesbrough and win 3-0 that has to be good. Hopefully I gave a performance that the manager was pleased with and I’m going to be working hard this week to stay in the team on Saturday.
“Leicester will be a hard game – they’re a bit behind teams like us, Swansea and Cardiff, but they definitely want to be in the play-offs.
“But we’ve been top of the league all the time, we are the favourites and we’re looking to win the game.”