More on Jem's recovery
It has been confirmed that Jem Karacan has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, and will have an operation in the coming week as he begins his recovery.
The popular Turkish midfielder sustained the injury against Leeds United, and spoke to Reading FC Player on Saturday afternoon as he prepares for rehabilitation.
“I know the rehab and what I need to do to get back to full fitness. It’s going to be a long journey, but one I’m willing to throw myself at. The main thing is mentally getting your head around it. It’s gutting, it’s frustrating – every day of my life is football. I’m missing it already. But I’ve come back from an injury before.
“I’ve been getting a lot of the lads supporting me, which you need when you know the extent of the injury. Morro has been looking after me and Danny Williams has been driving me around everywhere! It’s nice to come and watch the games and you still feel part of it. The medical staff are brilliant, they’ll keep my spirits up and make sure I do all my rehab. Hopefully I can be back sooner than expected.”
Head of Sports Medcine Luke Anthony said: "Jem has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament; we're hoping to have the knee settle down enough to have the surgery done this week. The primary aim of that surgery is to address the injury with reconstruction and the surgeon is very optimistic about his recovery. We never like to put a time span on these injuries - but Jem has already started his rehabilitation and will be getting the full support of all our medical staff."
Manager Nigel Adkins also lent his full support to the Academy product in his programme notes ahead of the Birmingham game.
“I believe he has been excellent this season and for me a standout player for us with his enthusiasm, athleticism and passing ability,” he told the Royal.
“He is developing into a real leader. We intend to keep Jem closely involved with us during his rehabilitation.”
Watch Jem's full chat with Reading FC Player here.