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Tommasi must bide his time

PUBLISHED: 11:46 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 24 August 2010

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - MARCH 9: Damiano Tommasi of AS Roma in action during the UEFA Cup Round  16 First Leg match between Middlesbrough and AS Roma at the Riverside Stadium on March 9, 2006 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - MARCH 9: Damiano Tommasi of AS Roma in action during the UEFA Cup Round 16 First Leg match between Middlesbrough and AS Roma at the Riverside Stadium on March 9, 2006 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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By Ben Kosky FORMER World Cup star Damiano Tommasi is still some way from taking his Championship bow, according to QPR boss Iain Dowie. The 34-year-old defensive midfield man signed a nine-month contract with Rangers six weeks ago, but has so far been a

By Ben Kosky

FORMER World Cup star Damiano Tommasi is still some way from taking his Championship bow, according to QPR boss Iain Dowie.

The 34-year-old defensive midfield man signed a nine-month contract with Rangers six weeks ago, but has so far been a regular in the reserve team as he works to build up match fitness.

"Damiano hasn't played for a long time but he's a terrific pro and, as and when he's fit, I'm sure we'll benefit from his experience," said Dowie.

"He isn't quite ready yet, so we'll see how it goes. But central midfield is an area in which we already have so much competition."

Tommasi spent a decade with Roma and also won 25 full caps for Italy, but was released by his last club, Spanish side Levante, earlier this year.

Meanwhile, QPR will step up their efforts to recruit a striker this week despite being rebuffed in an approach for Hull City's Caleb Folan.

Rangers were keen to take the 25-year-old forward on loan until January, but were turned down by the surprise Premier League high-flyers.

Assistant manager Tim Flowers said: "We weren't a million miles off, but we'll keep trying and see what drops."

The club are anxious to strengthen their front line quickly as they face two of the current top three teams in the Championship over the coming days.

The Rs visit Reading on Saturday (kick-off 5.20pm) before Tuesday's home clash with Birmingham (8pm).


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