Hughes: I held back Dyer

  • Last Updated: September 25 2012, 20:07 BST

Mark Hughes admits he probably should have thrown Kieron Dyer back in to the QPR first team sooner as the injury-plagued midfielder looks set to start his first game in 13 months on Wednesday.

Kieron Dyer: Set to start first game in 13 months

Dyer signed for QPR on a free transfer last summer, but his Hoops career got off to the worst possible start when he suffered an ankle injury six minutes in to his debut against Bolton.

The injury was thought to be a minor one at the time but he had complications in his rehabilitation and then suffered agonising ligament damage during a reserve game against Tottenham later that season.

The 33-year-old looked like he had never been away on Sunday, though, as he came off the bench to impress in the 2-1 London derby defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Dyer had only been used as a substitute in the club's previous games against Walsall and Manchester, but could be thrown in for a first start on Wednesday against Reading in the Capital One Cup.

"I thought Kieron was brilliant against Tottenham," QPR manager Hughes said.

"He has been out so long that we have been trying to ease him back.

"Maybe we got that a little bit wrong because we brought him on after two minutes (against Spurs) and he still looked full of energy after 90.

"You have got to give him credit. It's been a long road back for him but you saw what he can bring to the team."

Dyer replaced Jose Bosingwa after the Portuguese pulled his hamstring at the start of the match.

The former Chelsea man is likely to be out for some time, and Dyer is happy slotting in to the right-back position where he began his career.

"I started my career at Ipswich there and made my England debut at right-back," Dyer said.

"I haven't played there for a while but I was happy about how it went against Tottenham."

Rangers are still searching for their first Barclays Premier League win of the season, but they have a chance to earn a morale-boosting victory when they entertain Reading tomorrow.

Hughes will rotate his team to allow some squad players a chance to impress, but is likely to retain some key players like captain Park Ji-Sung.

The midfielder, who signed from Manchester United this summer, is not concerned about the club's poor start to the season.

"It's incredible that we didn't win the Spurs game," the midfielder told QPR's website.

"We deserved to win and were the better side.

"We played well at home to Chelsea last weekend and then continued that at White Hart Lane. We were so dominant in the first half.

"Results will come soon. I am confident of that and so are my team-mates.

"The league table isn't a true indicator of where we are in terms of our performances. We're only five games into the season.

"We will continue to work hard and the points will come."