Owen Hargreaves is training with QPR following his release from Manchester City at the end of last season.
Hargreaves, who has 42 caps for England, joined the Rs squad for his first session today, the London club confirmed.
The 31-year-old moved to Manchester United from Bayern Munich for a fee believed to be around £17million in 2007 but he has been plagued by injuries over the last four seasons.
After three largely lost years at United, he signed for neighbours Manchester City after posting a series of videos on YouTube of himself working out to try to stir up interest.
Hoops boss Mark Hughes told www.qpr.co.uk: “Owen is training with the group. There is no obligation for either party.
“He is keen to retain his fitness and we are more than happy to help him by allowing him to train with us and use our facility at Harlington.”
Hargreaves’ struggles in the last few years prompted him to contemplate retirement after leaving City but by training with QPR, it seems he is determined to continue his playing career.
It appeared he had won his fitness battle when he made a goalscoring Blues debut in a Carling Cup encounter against Birmingham in September.
However, Hargreaves made just three more appearances – the last of them an eight-minute spell as a substitute in City’s FA Cup third-round defeat to United in January.
Only last month he said: “I don’t want to chase something. If I get the right fit I will go for it.
“But I am not forced to do anything, and if I can’t get back to the level I used to [then] I don’t want to play.”