New QPR Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has insisted that striker Jamie Mackie still has a part to play at Loftus Road, according to Get West London.
The 30-year-old has missed a large chunk of the season with a hamstring injury but has now returned to full fitness.
Mackie’s imminent return has raised questions about whether the striker will fit into Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s plans but the Rangers boss insists that his player’s services are still required.
Hasselbaink is quoted by Get West London as saying “Jamie Mackie is someone is so enthusiastic and full of life that we have to pull him back.
“He is training with the group and was very close to being on the bench today, but he has not played a match yet and has been out for 10 weeks, so it would have been a big risk for him.
“I would prefer him to play a few games first with the U21s, so that he is well conditioned as I can’t afford to lose Jamie again for another 10 weeks.”
Mackie is in his second spell at Loftus Road following a previous 3 year spell which saw the Scotland international play a part in The Hoops’ promotion to the Premier League prior to a season ending injury.
The striker struggled to adapt to the additional challenges of Premier League football and eventually moved on to play for Nottingham Forest and Reading before his Rangers return in the summer.
With team mates Matt Phillips and Charlie Austin expected to attract plenty of January transfer attention Mackie is being gradually eased back into action to avoid further injury problems as the striker may yet have a significant part to play.
QPR’s performances have fallen below expectations this season and the club find themselves with plenty of work to do if they are to rescue a Play Off place.