Oct 15 2012 By Jacob Murtagh
ARMAND Traore thought his season was over – now the QPR defender is determined to prove his worth to boss Mark Hughes.
The former Arsenal full-back feared he had broken his leg after a heavy tackle by Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass in the 1-1 at Carrow Road back in August.
However, a specialist revealed there was no fracture, and he made his return to the side as a second-half substitute in last week's defeat at West Brom.
Traore admits he's been rocked by the experience, but is hell-bent on cementing a place in the starting XI after losing his spot to loanee Taye Taiwo last season.
He told the Chronicle: “I'm very happy to be back because about a month ago I was told I had a fracture in my shin - a broken leg. They told me I was out for at least six months.
“It happened against Norwich when Snodgrass gave me a big tackle.
“I went to see a specialist, who said there was no fracture but a stress response, which meant that if I keep playing on it it will snap. It was a big relief.
“I'm very happy but I'm still a bit scared - my confidence is not there. I hope it should be okay now. I'm just going to have to wait and see.
“I just want to build up my confidence now and play as regularly as I can. I know what I can do and just want to stay injury-free and push on.”
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