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Fitness update

26 July 2012

Latest squad news

As is normal in pre-season, the Royals have a few bumps and bruises to contend with at the moment.

Adam Federici is training very well despite a rib injury picked up over the summer, and he is not playing in any of our games out here in Portugal.

But Alex McCarthy could recover from a thigh problem in time to play Olhanense on Friday night.

Chris Gunter is due for a scan on an ankle injury suffered in training, and was wearing a protective boot earlier in the week.

Jimmy Kebe came off in the CDR Quarteirense game with a hamstring problem and is not training at the moment.

Jem Karacan is in non-contract training but will not play in any friendlies here in Portugal and will train for a week or so before he steps up a level.

Meanwhile, boss Brian McDermott was pleased to get minutes under the players' belts against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

He told the Reading Post, "It was good everyone had 45, we got a lot of work under our belts. We had obviously left a lot on the training pitch on Monday, you could see that yourself.

"Now Friday is another game, we look forward to getting back to what we are good at, back to basics, set the team out more, and the more we get into these games the more our shape will come together and the more everybody will know what we're about. It's most important to me to get my team right and we've still got an awful lot to do.

"When go back we've got three more games in England. We'll probably go 60/30 on Friday, then Bournemouth 60/30 again, and after that more looking towards the Stoke game."

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