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Emotional Faurlin delighted to make Queens Park Rangers return


Alejandro Faurlin was in an emotional mood on Saturday, after making his return to action for Queens Park Rangers after more than six months on the sidelines.

Faurlin played the final 15 minutes of the 2-2 pre-season friendly draw with FC Augsburg in Germany, which was his first outing since he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in an FA Cup draw at MK Dons back in January.  The Argentine had previously featured heavily for the Hoops, starting in each of their opening 20 Premier League matches, and his absence was sorely felt as they battled against relegation for the remainder of the campaign.

Mark Hughes, who has been denied the opportunity to select the 25-year-old in a competitive match since succeeding Neil Warnock in the winter, eventually led the Londoners to safety on the final day of the season, and he will now be looking to welcome the South American back into the fold. And although he remains a few weeks away from finding his full fitness, the midfielder was clearly emotional after his cameo at the SGL Arena.

"It felt great to be back," told the club's official website. "It's been a really tough six and a half months for me. It's been a long time, with a lot of hard work. The support I've had from my family; my wife; my team-mates; everyone at the club - it has been amazing and it means so much to be back playing. I feel like I've come back to life.

"It was only 15 minutes but it meant the world to me. It gives me something to build on now and I can't wait for the season to start. I still need some more minutes over the next few weeks. I need to play some more football and then hopefully I'll be ready."

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