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14 September 2012

Gunter thrilled at return to top flight action

Royals full back Chris Gunter is glad to be back in action for his club after a long, long wait - and an international break to forget.

"It's been such a long time," he said this morning. "It was disappointing to go all the way to Sunderland and have it called off.

"We obviously had the League Cup game against Peterborough, but it has been a long, long time since we played Chelsea so everyone's really looking forward to getting back out on the pitch and hopefully getting a good result on Sunday.

"In some ways the break in the fixtures has been frustrating. We had started okay; we played well against Stoke and against Chelsea, up until about 70 odd minutes into the game I genuinely thought we were going to get something from it and probably win the game.

"So in that respect, we wanted to carry on. But on the other hand, it has been nice to have a bit of time away from it all. And it has given the manager time to get more time with us out on the training pitch instead of just preparing for game after game."

Gunter got some minutes under his belt for Wales last week but suffered two defeats against Belgium and Sebia with Chris Coleman's side, so he's more eager than most to get back to Barclays Premier League action.

"After Tuesday night, it's good that there's a game to go straight into - so I can forget about Tuesday's match as quickly as possible.

"It has been good to come back and see the boys and kind of nice that I just have to move on really. 

"The fans have been brilliant so far and a full stadium for a game against Tottenham is no surprise. It is a big game, but no bigger than any other in a way. It's the next one and one we will be trying to win."

And even though Gunter has Spurs roots, he stressed "It's just another game for me. I don't think you ever go into a game trying to prove a point to a previous club or manager and I had a brilliant time at Tottenham.

"It's a great club and I learned so much there. I am thankful to the people there who helped me so much. But I'm a Reading player now - so I'll be doing my best to focus on getting three points on Sunday."

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