Vine targets return
QPR striker Rowan Vine is looking forward to making his long-awaited return from injury.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 01/04/09 12:32pm
Queens Park Rangers striker Rowan Vine cannot wait to get back into the thick of things after being sidelined with a broken leg for just over a year.
The former Portsmouth forward has been out of action since sustaining the injury in a 0-0 draw at Ipswich last March.
He has been an unused substitute in Rangers' last two games, as he steps up his rehabilitation, but admits he is desperate to get back out on the pitch.
"It has been great to be back involved in the changing room and on the bench," Vine told skysports.com.
"I've been itching to get on the pitch, but the games have been very tight and I've not had a lot of football in the last year.
"The leg is feeling good and it is getting stronger game by game. I played a reserve game last week and played the full ninety minutes.
"There is another reserve game on next week, which will help increase my match fitness, but you never know whether you are really up to speed in terms of match fitness until you are thrown into the first-team arena once again.
"Tensions are obviously much higher than reserve games and the tempo is much quicker."
Vine is hoping to mark his return to the first-team fold at Loftus Road with a play-off place, and believes the Hoops are still capable of clinching a top-six finish in the Championship.
"I think we can still get into the play-offs, but it will be a tough ask after we hit some poor form a few weeks ago," he said.
"The recent wins have given us a huge boost, especially against two good sides in Swansea and Bristol City.
"I think anything is possible and we just need to keep the wins coming and we will go close. The next game, which is Crystal Palace at home, is another huge clash for us."