As he steps up his recovery from a knee injury, Jem Karacan
is willing the Royals on to get a positive result this weekend at home to Norwich City.
Jemba provided us with an update on his recovery and heaped praise on fellow midfielder and friend Jay Tabb, who has filled Karacan's boots with a few excellent displays.
"I'm in to the third week now, doing more and more work in the gym," he explained. "In the last couple of weeks I've been mainly doing weights and getting more strength in the leg. Hopefully it won't be too long until I can start running but it depends on how sturdy and stable it is.
"It's frustrating after I was out for so long over the summer - it's the worst feeling in the world being injured. It's not nice watching the lads play when you're injured - even at Southampton away last season!
"To know you're out for a few weeks is heartbreaking but I've got to get it right before I can come back. The physios Luke, Matt and John are brilliant with me and they know I'm eager to get back out as soon as possible.
"I thought Jay was brilliant against QPR - he gives 110% and he's making brilliant tackles in the 90th minute. He's been here ever since I've been here and whenever I've played alongside him it's been a pleasure. He's the nicest guy in the world - if he's not in the team, he'll be the first to shake your hand. He deserves it - he works as hard as anyone day in day out and deserves the shirt."
Jem will be behind the Royals this Saturday, as he was for the draw at QPR on Sunday
, and is confident that the lads can register that first win that Reading, and especially Brian McDermott, deserve.
"There's a big game on Saturday and the boys should take encouragement from Sunday's game and hopefully we can do well with everyone at the Madejski right behind us. The win is coming, everyone knows it.
"Norwich are picking up a bit of form but that just shows how easily things can change for you in this league. We're in a similar position to what they were in and if we can get a win then it will be a massive boost to everyone.
"Everyone knows we wouldn't be where we are now without Brian and Nigel. Ever since the first day, Brian has been brilliant. He's the first to encourage you and he's given me my chance. He's been here for so long - he loves the club to pieces and we all want to get that first win for him."