Players training well this week
It has been business as usual down at the Royals’ training ground in the last couple of days, with the players glad to be back in training after a couple of days’ rest.
Midfielder Danny Guthrie has returned to training after a knee injury kept him out of our trip to Old Trafford, while Alex McCarthy played the full 90 minutes in an under-21 draw against Newcastle at the start of the week.
Meanwhile, a number of players are away with their countries; Jobi McAnuff, Garath McCleary and Adrian Mariappa are with Jamaica while Simon Church, Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu have linked up with Wales, Stephen Kelly is with Ireland and goalkeeper Jonathan Henly has been in action for Scotland’s under-19s.
“With the international break we’ve had a little bit of respite in the last few days,” Eamonn Dolan said earlier this week.
“We have lost quite a few players to international duty and the rest have had a little bit of time off earlier this week, because in this Premier League you need rest.
“But they’re back in now and training well. We’re desperate to stay in the league and these players are ready to give it a go. They’re a great bunch.”
A seven point gap is a considerable one to bridge, but after a difficult couple of weeks the players are in high spirits and full of belief.
“I’m sure people will write us off, but people always write Reading off,” Dolan said. “We’ve got eight games to go and as a club we’ve targeted the games we can win.
“We’re just focussed on trying to do the best that we can every day and, after our performance at Old Trafford, we got confidence and belief that we can go forward and attack the eight games to go and try to stay in this great league.
“As a club, we’ve got targets. They’re tough targets because this is the Barclays Premier League, but we still believe we can achieve them.
“And as a club we want to go forward, we don’t want to have to take a backward step before going forward.”