Nigel Adkins said he is pleased with the progression of Daniel Carrico and has backed the Portuguese to keep improving.
Carrico played 45 minutes in the Royals' last home game against Liverpool, and again made the substitute's bench at Norwich. Adkins says he is some way off getting his fitness up to scratch, but is very optimistic about his future.
"Obviously he's joined the football club and he's not had a kick of the ball really," Adkins told the press last week. "He's had a 45 minute spell, he's getting to know the players and I've had a good conversation with Danny.
"He's done well on the training ground. He's an awful long way from where he needs to be but he's only going to get there by working hard on the training ground and getting the opportunity to go and play.
"The only way he'll be able to play 90 minutes is by playing 90 minutes, that’s where we've got to build up to for him. He was the captain of Sporting Lisbon, he's a young player with a growing reputation, he'd been out for almost a full season with a knee injury when he joined us, but I'm positive about the future for him.
"Like everything, you come to a new country, it takes time to settle in. We're going to help young Danny keep progressing. Most of his career he's played as a centre half, and only the last period of his time as a midfield player. He's got to get used to that position as well.
"You can see he can control and pass the football. I've seen video clips of what was put together when he was signed and he's a player that's got something about him."
When asked, the manager also explained his decision to not bring on any of his substitutes during the second half at Norwich last Saturday.
"Things go through your mind over the course of the game. Just because you've got substitutes, it doesn't always mean you've got to use them.
"Towards the end, we were creating some good opportunities in the manner that we wanted to score goals."