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9 August 2013

Blackman returns, Kebe closer

Manager Nigel Adkins has no new injury concerns ahead of the Royals' first away game of the 2013/14 Sky Bet Championship season at Bolton Wanderers.

Nick Blackman is now available for selection having served his one-match ban, while Adkins revealed that winger Jimmy Kebe is not far away from returning.

"We had him (Kebe) down to play in the Bristol Rovers/Swansea game but he just felt his groin a bit. We had to listen to our very good medical department that we've got here and obviously Jimmy knows his body.

"For me it is frustrating because I’ve joined the Football Club in March, and before you come you look at the squad of players and you say Jimmy Kebe, that’ll do!

"He has trained with the first team during pre-season and you look at him and think, wow, he’s bang on. Next minute he’s not available. It’s frustrating, but what you’ve got to do is keep grinding away with it, and I’d like to think sooner rather than later we can put him into the pool of players that we’ve got to select from."

"Everyone is in fine fettle and we’ve got the addition of Nicholas Blackman now because he was suspended for that game, so he’s been fighting fit. He comes into contention now."

Meanwhile, Jason Roberts and Mikele Leigertwood continue to recover from injuries.


Team News
Royals: Nick Blackman is available for selection after serving his one-match suspension. Jimmy Kebe is a step closer to returning, but Mikele Leigertwood and Jason Roberts are out. Full story here.

Bolton: New signing Jay Spearing will be available for the Wanderers after his signed his four-year deal in time. However, Chris Eagles and Chung-Yong Lee are both doubtful.

Royals supporters can buy tickets on the day for no extra charge from Turnstile E on the South Stand. For more info click here.

By car: Take the M40 towards Oxford/Birmingham and then the M6 North. At junction 21A, exit onto M62 toward Leeds/Bolton/M'cr (N) - then at junction 12-M60 N, exit toward Bolton/Ring Road N/Leeds/M66/M61/M62 before merging onto M60. At junction 15, exit onto M61 toward Preston/Bolton/Wigan then at junction 6, take the A6027 exit to Horwich and follow the signs.

In quotes
Nigel Adkins: "We know it's going to be a challenge but we've got to make it challenging for Bolton and have a desire to get the three points." Click here to read more.

Garath McCleary: "Training has gone really well, the gaffer has implemented what he wants us to do against Bolton, and I think it'll be an interesting game." Click here to read more.

The Officials
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Assistants: Christopher Akers and William Smallwood
Fourth Official: Paul Kettlewell

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