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Akos is back in the frame

PUBLISHED: 18:05 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010

LONDON - MARCH 02:  Salif Diao of Stoke City tries to tackle Akos Buzsaky of QPR during the Coca Cola Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City at Loftus Road on March 02, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

LONDON - MARCH 02: Salif Diao of Stoke City tries to tackle Akos Buzsaky of QPR during the Coca Cola Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City at Loftus Road on March 02, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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QPR playmaker Akos Buzsaky has returned to action following an ankle injury and played 45 minutes for Rangers' reserves against Charlton on Tuesday. Buzsaky, who missed the end of last season and had surgery in the summer, played 45 minutes for Rangers' reserves against Charlton on Tuesday.

BY DAVE MCINTYRE

QPR playmaker Akos Buzsaky has returned to action following an ankle injury and played 45 minutes for Rangers' reserves against Charlton on Tuesday.

Buzsaky, who missed the end of last season and had surgery in the summer, played 45 minutes for Rangers' reserves against Charlton on Tuesday.

The Hungarian, who missed the end of last season and had surgery in the summer, is now in contention for a first-team place - as is Hogan Ephraim, who recovered from shin splints to score in a 1-1 draw against the Addicks' second string. Both players hope to feature against Southampton on Sunday week.

"I could be match fit by then," said Buzsaky. "We have a lot of good players now and if I were on the bench against Southampton I'd be delighted.

"It feels great to be back. It's two weeks since I started full training and by the Southampton game it will be four weeks, so I am getting there.

"My ankle feels right and now it's up to me to get my fitness back and play some first-team football.

"It was an awkward injury," he added. "It was a split in the ligament that settled down but wasn't 100 per cent, so it needed an operation. But that's in the past now and I want to look forward."

Buzsaky was the jewel in Rangers' crown during the second half of last season but he now faces competition for places following the arrivals of Daniel Parejo and Emmanuel Ledesma as well as Lee Cook's return.

Ephraim probably faces an even bigger challenge, but is bullish about his chances of making an impact under Iain Dowie.

"I'm glad to be playing again. The shin feels fine and now I'm looking to try and get into the team," said Ephraim.

"The manager doesn't want to rush me but I feel I'm ready. I've got a couple of reserve games behind me and feel I've got my fitness up to the same level as the rest of the lads.

"The football we've been playing is great to watch and it looks enjoyable to play in. I want to be involved and the sooner I can do that the better."

Buzsaky and Ephraim can play in a number of attacking positions, meaning both are likely to have a role to play even if they are initially unable to hold down a regular place.

Buzsaky, who played his best football operating behind the striker last season but can also play on either flank, said: "It's the manager's job to pick the team and I'll always give my best.

"Of course there are positions a player prefers but - especially now there are so many good players here - sometimes you may have to play in a position that is not the best for you.

"Sometimes you have to play left and sometimes right, but it is good if you're a player who feels you can play anywhere."

And Ephraim added: "We've got a lot of players now who are flexible and very creative. There's a lot of what you'd call 'on the ball' players and I just want to play my part.

"The manager knows I can play in two or three different roles and it's up to him to decide which one is best for me.

"Last season this club made the worst start in England. Now there's a good feeling around the place and I want to be a part of it.


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