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QPR striker Vine close to return

Rowan Vine
Vine joined QPR from Birmingham in January 2008

Queens Park Rangers striker Rowan Vine has said he is nearing full fitness after breaking his leg last season.

The 26-year-old, who has been out of action since April 2008, has been an unused substitute in Rangers' recent wins over Swansea and Bristol City.

He told BBC London 94.9: "We were down on numbers and the manager said he wanted me on the bench.

"It's just short of a year since I broke my leg and I want to get out there before it becomes a year."

And Vine, who moved to Loftus Road from Birmingham City for £1m in January 2008, said his time on the sidelines has been a frustrating experience.

"Family kept me going. I have got two little boys and my partner has been there all the time too," said the former Luton forward.

"I've got four brothers and a sister, so everyone keeps you on your toes, but it has been hard.

"It's got to the point where I haven't really enjoyed watching games," added Vine.

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