Hull City v QPR: Diame looks as if he’s never been away – Bruce

Mohamed diame underwent two knee operations but is back in Hull City's team and scoring (Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire).
Mohamed diame underwent two knee operations but is back in Hull City's team and scoring (Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire).
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WITH one goal and an assist from his last outing, Mohamed Diame looked to be back to his best.

Manager Steve Bruce, however, has an ominous warning for the rest of the Championship when it comes to Hull City’s Senegal international midfielder.

“I still think there is a lot more to come from Mo,” said the Tigers’ chief, who today will look to build on Tuesday’s win at Cardiff City by beating Queens Park Rangers at the KC Stadium.

“When you have had a serious injury like he has, you just have to be patient and give it time.

“He showed his ability on Tuesday by taking his goal with aplomb and then producing the pass for Abel Hernandez’s goal, so let’s just hope he stays injury free.

“I don’t think I have seen many players come back after seven months out, walk back into the team and look as though they have never been away. That is testament to him and our medical staff.”

Diame underwent two knee operations last season and it was concerns over the same area of Charlie Austin’s body that saw Hull abandon a big money move for the striker when he was at Burnley two years ago.

Austin, however, responded to this huge hammer blow by moving to Loftus Road and proving such a hit in the Premier League last season that it seemed certain he would move in the summer.

However, despite Newcastle United showing interest, Austin stayed in west London and already has five goals in seven outings.

Bruce said: “The centre forward (Austin) is a real talent and we all know the story of what happened with him here. But, in the last two and a half years, he has been nothing short of fantastic.

“He has scored lots of goals and played for England, and if we can stop him this weekend then we will give ourselves a chance.

“QPR have, like us, kept hold of a few players after relegation and brought in some younger, fresher blood too.

“They have also made a decent start and it will be a difficult game.”