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5 October 2013

Adkins' update on seven absentees

Royals boss Nigel Adkins updated us on an injury list that lengthened yet further before our clash against the league leaders at Turf Moor this afternoon.

Already ruled out of contention were Royston Drenthe, Danny Williams, Mikele Leigertwood, Jem Karacan and Jason Roberts - then Garath McCleary pulled out on the morning of the game after Billy Sharp had missed the trip to Lancashire with a groin injury.

"Garath is going to get his knee assessed on Monday," he told revealed after the defeat. "He's been carrying an injury for the last couple of weeks.

"I didn't name my team for today until this morning and Garath was in my plans, but unfortunately his knee was sore yesterday and, having traveled up last night, a seven hour journey has probably not helped him on that front.

"This morning it was still sore and he wasn't fit enough to go and play today - so that will be assessed and we'll see where we go from there.

"Billy trained on Thursday and did a lot of shooting, twisting and turning movements, and his groin was sore when we completed the session.

"We got a scan and there's a slight strain in there. He wasn't fit for today, but we've now got these two weeks to get him right."

With such a long queue forming for the physio table at Hogwood Park, the international break has perhaps come at the right time for a depleted Royals squad.

"We've got Royston Drenthe and Danny Williams out at the moment, and Ledge will hopefully will be there or thereabouts - he'll hopefully play a part in the under-21s game on Monday.

"But we've got to be sure about that, he's come so far the last thing we want to do is put him back for the sake of a few days. We've just got to make sure he's right, he's so close but we'll make a decision on that in tomorrow's training session.

"Then we've got these two weeks to get several players who have been on the injury list back into contention.

"Hopefully the players who go away on international duty come back in one piece. The other players, one or two might need a bit of recovery, and others need to go and work.

"We've got Robbo and Jem in there as well of course, but all these injuries shouldn't matter. We've got enough players to deal with that, opportunities arise and we want competition for places.

"We've got a squad capable of dealing with the injuries, suspensions, the travelling that we do, and we'll reflect on what has happened and get ready to go again.

"We've had eleven games now and this is a good chance to regroup and to get ready for the next stage."

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