Sebastian Polter has been struggling with a foot injury in recent weeks but Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes the rest will have done the QPR striker the world of good.
The German has been one of Rangers' key players this season but has recently watched Idrissa Sylla impress up front after pickign up the knock against Birmingham.
He said: “We need competition and he has played a lot. Sylla is playing at the moment but we need Polter to breathe down the necks of Sylla and Conor (Washington). That's what we want.
“He got injured against Birmingham where somebody stood on his foot and a stud went through his leg.
“That's why he was on the bench against Burton and normally he would have played. The rest will do him good in charging that battery.”
Polter is more than happy to run 11 kilometres a game and sprint for a further kilometre but knows it is more about the timing of those runs that matters.
He said in April: “For each game it’s always between 10-11k running for me and between 800-1,000m intensity.
“But just because you do the running you’re not going to score a hat-trick. It’s about making the right runs at the right time.”