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Window of opportunity for Sousa

PUBLISHED: 11:14 31 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:26 24 August 2010

COCA COLA CHAMPIONSHIP 2008/2009
QUEENS PARK RANGERS V CHARLTON
PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
DATE: 25/11/2008.
TEL: 07831-396-923

QPR'S  NEW MANAGER PAULO SOUSA .

COCA COLA CHAMPIONSHIP 2008/2009 QUEENS PARK RANGERS V CHARLTON PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS DATE: 25/11/2008. TEL: 07831-396-923 QPR'S NEW MANAGER PAULO SOUSA .

GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS

By Ben Kosky QPR coach Paulo Sousa is looking forward to the new year – but not just because it heralds the start of another transfer window. Unless Rangers draw their FA Cup third round tie with Burnley on Saturday, they will have no midweek fixtures unt

By Ben Kosky

QPR coach Paulo Sousa is looking forward to the new year - but not just because it heralds the start of another transfer window.

Unless Rangers draw their FA Cup third round tie with Burnley on Saturday, they will have no midweek fixtures until the final week of January, and Sousa views that relatively lighter schedule as an opportunity to spend more time on the training ground.

"January gives me a possibility to work because we have one game a week and we can get more training sessions, with more intensity," observed the Rs boss.

"I want the opportunity to play with different systems and different dynamics and that can give us the possibility of playing different tactics, depending on what we need."

Sousa indulged in a smattering of squad rotation over Christmas, making six changes to his Boxing Day starting line-up for the home game with Watford and using 18 players in all over the two matches.

Although Akos Buzsaky's cruciate ligament injury means he will not feature in the side for the rest of the season, there was better news for Rangers' other long-term casualty, Rowan Vine.

Vine recently underwent a successful second operation on the broken leg he suffered in training last April.

And the forward has now been given the all-clear to resume running, with a view to a possible first-team comeback around March.

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