QPR forward Jamie Mackie drawing inspiration from Faurlin after injury agony
PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 October 2015
QPR attacker Jamie Mackie refuses to be too downbeat after his latest injury setback, insisting it is a walk in the park compared to what his team-mate Alejandro Faurlin has had to endure in the past.
Rangers were dealt a huge blow last Monday after it emerged that star man Charlie Austin would be facing a month out on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury suffered in the 4-0 defeat to west London rivals Fulham at the end of last month.
However, matters took an even bigger turn for the worst after the club learned that utility man Mackie – whose only appearance to date this season came on the opening day at Charlton - would be out for up to three months after suffering a significant tear to his right hamstring during the same fixture.
While Mackie cannot quite believe his luck since re-joining the club from Nottingham Forest back in June, he will not let this latest disappointment get the better of him.
He told the Times: “I can’t look at it any other way than that I’ve been really unlucky. Throughout my career I’ve been fairly lucky when it comes to injuries and never had anything serious bar the leg break I suffered during my first spell here [against Blackburn].
“I’m just devastated really. All I want to be doing is playing week in week out for this football club. It was a dream come true to get the opportunity to return here.
“At the end of the day though you’ve got people like Ali [Faurlin] who have been to hell and back after suffering three serious injuries, but he’s come back so strong and determined and been an inspiration to us all, so I certainly won’t be moping around the place, that’s for sure.
“I’ll be there for the lads whenever they need me and then I’ll hopefully be able to kick on in the second half of the season as we push towards the business end of it.
“I won’t be rushing back though as I need to make sure I’m 100 per cent right, so for now I’ve just got to be patient.”
Saturday’s enthralling 4-3 victory over Bolton was the Rs’ first win in five games and relieved the pressure on head coach Chris Ramsey, who faced criticism from supporters after the thrashing at Craven Cottage.
Mackie has lent his support to his under-fire boss and called for fans to remain patient as they continue through the processes of a huge rebuilding phase.
He added: “We’ve had so many players coming in and out of the club. Sometimes it clicks early on and sometimes it doesn’t. It can be hard to find that combination that will work for you, but we all believe in Chris and know he’s the right man.
“We’ve got a good squad here and the lads that are here are more than capable of stepping up in Charlie and mine’s absence. It is a big blow losing Charlie though, it would affect any team not having a player of his calibre in your side.
“It’s a great opportunity for those players who haven’t been playing though to prove their worth to the gaffer and stake a claim for a first-team spot.
“Hopefully when Charlie and myself are back we’ll then be in a decent position to push on.”