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Guthrie 'delighted' to return

28 December 2014

Midfielder back in action

Danny Guthrie says he is 'delighted' to return to first team action after a season heavily affected by injury at Madejski Stadium.

The midfielder made just his sixth appearance of the campaign as he came off the bench during the 2-1 win over Norwich City - and is aiming to build on his match fitness as the Royals head into the New Year.

"It has been a tough season for me personally and I'm delighted to return," said Guthrie. "I've had a lot of injuries, a lot of comebacks and a lot of hard work – but hopefully that’s all behind me now and I can get on with my season and help the team push up the table. It’s the first time I’ve gone through a period like this in my career and it’s been tough, really, mentally tough. Obviously with the team not doing so well and a change of manager it was a really difficult period for me but the last few weeks I’ve trained with the team and knew I was getting close. It’s just about staying fit and getting some game time for me now.

"Huddersfield could be a good opportunity for me to get some game time, I’m really looking forward to it – it’s just about building up the minutes and getting match fit now."

The 27-year-old also found himself at the centre of controversy as referee Mr Linnington allowed play to continue before Steve Clarke could bring Guthrie on as a substitute, with the Canaries then pulling a goal back with Reading down to ten men and Garath McCleary off the field of play.

"I was expecting to go on the pitch, they took the throw and the game played on and they got the goal from it. After that though we saw the game out really well. It's a good win."

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