QPR handed massive boost with top scorer returning


Charlie Austin has scored 14 goals for QPR this season despite being out injured since January with a shoulder injury.

Friday starts with good news for QPR, who are travelling to Bournemouth tomorrow to take on the Cherries. 

Top striker Charlie Austin is travelling with the team and nearing a return. Austin was a key part of the team before injury and his loss coincided with a dip in form for Rangers, failing to win in the first five games during his absence. 




His return will provide a real boost to the QPR dressing room heading into the final seven games of the season, during which they have to face both Nottingham Forest and Leicester. 

Ravel Morrison has been a new addition to the QPR team during Austin's absence, and how they link up over the next few weeks will be interesting. One of Austin's greatest attributes (besides always seeming to hit the target) is his ability to hold up the ball and link play with those around him. 

Earlier in the season Austin and Alejandro Faurlin were linking to devastating effect, as were Austin and Matt Phillips – both still out injured. The combination of Austin and Morrison threatens just as much potency though, and with Morrison in the form he is – five goals in nine appearances – the remainder of the season could provide fruitful for QPR in terms of goals. 

The return of QPR's top scorer could have come at just the wrong time for Burnley though, who were the employers of Austin last season when he scored 24 goals for the Turf Moor side.

With both Ings and Vokes out injured and their next highest goalscorer on a total of six, the run-in for Burnley is looking toughest for all the teams in the top four. 

QPR are nine points behind Burnley and Redknapp has said they'll keep on pushing for automatic promotion. It would be a cruel twist if Austin was the man to deny Burnley automatic promotion after being in that position for the majority of the season, but that's football and it might just happen.

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