QPR winger Olamide Shodipo has spoken of his tough spell on the sidelines after returning to action for the under-23s this week.
The 20-year-old has been out of action for seven months after suffering an injury on international duty, and the youngster says his focus is now on proving himself in west London.
Speaking to the club's website, he said: "The last time I played was the end of March for Ireland’s Under-21 side.
“I had an tendonitis problem in my Achilles which had been an issue for a while and then it just blew up. I’ve had to strengthen it a lot and build myself back up to finally start playing.
“I’m not really used to getting any injuries to be honest so it hit me hard and the period I was out for was tough,” he said.
“I just want to get back on the pitch and show what I can do. I went on loan last year but I’d like to stay here and prove myself for QPR this season.
“I just want to build my fitness back up and hopefully if I perform well I can get an opportunity with the first team.”