TOMMY Smith is playing through the pain barrier in a bid to get QPR promoted.
The former Watford winger made his return from a hamstring injury in Tuesday night's defeat at Millwall .
Smith came through the final 20 minutes of the 2-0 defeat at the Den unscathed, unlike his previous comeback when he lasted less than a half against Nottingham Forest four weeks ago.
The 30-year-old still isn't fully fit, and admits he might not have been risked if Rangers were floating in mid-table.
He said: "It's hard when you're coming back from injury and needed on the bench, especially on a cold night.
"When you come on you're always a bit wary of your hamstring. I had a hot water bottle to keep my legs warm before hand.
"I felt it a little bit and was aware of it. I've done it a couple of times and if it happens a third time it's a real problem.
"I don't know if I would be playing if we were in mid-table. I would want to play as that's the only way of testing an injury properly, being out on the pitch."
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