Midfielder's injury update
Jem Karacan says things are improving all the time as he rehabilitates from a serious knee injury, and the midfielder has again thanked everyone for their support.
The 24-year-old will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his cruciate ligament against Leeds in September, but whilst he admits it was a tough blow to deal with – the bubbly Academy product can see light at the end of the tunnel.
“It wasn’t your standard cruciate injury – it was quite a bad one. But the doctor and the surgeon have been great, the physios are great and they hope it will come back as good as new. I just can’t wait to get back, I’m missing it,” said Karacan.
“It was a tough, emotional time. Not many people know that my granddad passed away the week before, it was a horrible time. For the family, I never realised how much it affected them it and how much they look forward to games. You really don’t realise until it’s taken away from you. I want to do it for my family as well as myself.
“But now time is starting to fly by and the aim is to be back next season, not rush back the injury – and make sure it’s right. It’s been a massive improvement over the last month, it is crazy how it improves so quickly. The support from all the fans, the gaffer and the lads has been brilliant.”
One morale boost for the Turkish Royal has come from his international manager, Fatih Terim, who recently met with the Reading star to lend his support.
“I was lucky enough to get a call from the Turkey gaffer a couple of weeks ago, he was London and he wanted to meet up and go through my injury. He talked about getting back fit and getting involved as soon as I can. It was amazing to get a call off someone of his calibre, given where he’s been. I can’t wait to get fit – that’s definitely one of my ambitions.
“It is disappointing Turkey aren’t involved in the World Cup – they put on a great run to try and sneak in and it was unfortunate they didn’t make it. I would have been gutted if they did qualify and I was sat at home watching it with my leg up.”
Jem was talking to BBC Berkshire - as he joined former Royal Ady Williams live in the studio on Friday evening.