QPR star backs injured team-mate to bounce back

Faurlin strong enough to recover, insists Buzsaky

Alejandro Faurlin has the mental strength to make a full recovery from his season-ending knee injury, insists his midfield team-mate Akos Buzsaky.

Faurlin last week underwent a successful operation after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in the FA Cup tie against MK Dons on January 7.

It is the very same injury that Buzsaky suffered in a Carling Cup match against Manchester United in November 2008, which also ruled him out for the rest of that campaign.

“I have had that injury, and it is a tough one. We are good friends and I support him as much as I can,” said Buzsaky.

“It’s a good test for a player when you’re out for six months, you need to be really strong mentally.”

“But Ali is strong, and he has got his family behind him, so I’m not worried about him. He will come back even stronger.

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“A cruciate injury is very common, you shouldn’t think about not playing after a cruciate injury.

“It’s hard, because the knee is always going to need some attention and you will always need to look after yourself, but that is part of your career.

“Injuries are part of the game, it’s happened with me, with Ali and with others. It should not be a big problem for his career.”

Buzsaky has stood in for Faurlin during QPR’s last three games, and scored a stunning long-range free-kick as Rangers grabbed a vital home win against Wigan Athletic last Saturday.

The Hungary international was frozen out of the squad by Neil Warnock, but has been given a new lease of life under new manager Mark Hughes and is determined to keep his place in the side.

“Of course, where you are sidelined that much you are thinking [of leaving]. I want to play football and if you’re not playing and not in the plans you are thinking all sorts of things,” he added.

“I didn’t have any injuries this season – I was always available and wanted to play. Now I’ve got my chance and I want to take it.

“I always tried to give 100 per cent at the training ground but for some reason I wasn’t part of the plans.

“But that’s in the past. I don’t really want to talk about what’s happened before, not playing or injuries. This is a good moment for us.”

Buzsaky’s contract expires during the summer, but he admits he is focused on helping the Rs avoid relegation, rather than securing a new deal.

“I don’t think that long-term at the moment. It’s great to play the last three games in the side, and get two wins which were really important,” he added.

“I’m just enjoying the moment and I don’t think about what will happen in the summer, I just want to give my best for the team.”

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