It has been a difficult ten months for QPR’s Jordan Cousins but the 23-year-old is now confident of putting a tumultuous 2017 behind him.

The midfielder missed three months at the start of the year due to a quad muscle injury before suffering a torn hamstring in pre-season, ruling him out for another two months.

But Cousins has made a successful return to the R’s squad and played in recent victories over high-flyers Wolves and Sheffield United.

And the midfielder admits it is great to be back to full fitness and hopes he can remain in good condition for the rest of the campaign.

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He said: “First of all it’s great to be back out there and playing at Loftus Road – it has been a long, hard, ten months of injury but I couldn’t have asked for a better start coming back onto the pitch and winning two big games.

“We’ve beaten some good teams but we need to get that out of our mind and concentrate on the next game.

“My goal is to just stay fit. It might sound weird but it is about staying injury free and give the gaffer the option between now and the end of the season. I feel like my performances will come but I want to stay fit and strong.”

Working your way back to full health once in a year is tough enough but being dealt a second injury blow in the space eight months was a bitter pill to swallow.

Cousins concedes the injury he sustained in pre-season was his lowest moment but has always tried to keep a positive mindset throughout the dark days.

He said: “It’s very important to be patient and I’ve always had the belief that I can get back to my best. I’m the type of person who doesn’t get too up when it’s going good or too down when it’s bad. I just try and stay at that level and get fit.

“I went into the pre-season flying and I was feeling the best I had ever felt and when I got injured again I was low. I could feel my hamstring during a pre-season game in Germany - when we got back to England I found out I had torn my hamstring.

“That was one of the hardest things because I had worked so hard in pre-season to get back and be as fit as I can.

“To hear the news I was going to be out for another eight weeks was tough but I had a great family and great friends around me to get me through.”