Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne hopes to be back in action in the near future following a six-week injury lay-off.

On-loan at QPR, the youngster has been sidelined with back and hamstring problems, but Rangers are hopeful he will be able to resume training next week.

"He's doing really well. He's working hard with the fitness coach and, all being well, he'll resume training with the rest of the first-team squad early next week," said physio Paul Hunter.

"We have worked very closely with the medical staff at Chelsea and Michael has spent some time over at Cobham (Chelsea's training ground), which has been a big help."