Jordan Cousins managed 75 minutes for the U23s this afternoon as he made his comeback from injury for QPR.
The former Charlton defender was ruled out for up to six after picking up a hamstring injury at the start of August.
In the event, it has taken slightly longer for the 23 year old, signed from the Addicks a year ago, to get back onto the green stuff.
He started the U23s' match against their Watford counterparts at London Colney and lasted until the final 15 minutes before being replaced by Charlie Fox.
The Rs ran out 2-1 winners against a strong Watford side thanks to goals from Aramide Oteh and Giles Phillips either side of the break, Dion Pereira pulling one back for the hosts late on.
QPR lined up with Dieng, Kakay, Hamalainen, Goss, Paul, Phillips, Smyth, Cousins, Oteh, Chair and Darbyshire, with Owens, Herdman, Alfa and Fox on the bench.
Former England U20 international Cousins played 21 games for QPR last season, and while tomorrow's game at Barnsley will come too soon for a first team return, he could make Friday's derby against Fulham – although a return after the international break is more likely.
Former Rs loanee Mauro Zarate was among a number of senior players in a strong Watford side, as well as Stefano Okaka, Will Hughes and Miguel Britos.