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Injured Trio Hailed

21 March 2014

Boss on Bridge, Karacan and Leigertwood

Nigel Adkins has paid tribute to the professionalism and work ethic of three key members of his squad currently sidelined with injury.

Wayne Bridge, Mikele Leigertwood and Jem Karacan have all been forced to endure months in the treatment room during the current campaign but the Reading boss, a former physio himself, is delighted with their response.

"Wayne Bridge has demonstrated how to be an ultimate professional in his rehabilitation. He’s an inspiration when you look at him, he’s been out for so long – and his will and determination to get back has been phenomenal," said the manager.

"How hard he works in the rehab department is an absolute lesson to everybody. Jem Karacan too is desperate to be back involved, they’re doing everything they can to get back. And then there's Mikele Leigertwood who joined back in training this week after he got the thumbs up from the consultants. He’s been an ultimate pro as well. The things they have had to battle and persevere with to keep going underlines that we’ve got some really good people at this football club."

One other player responding well to injury is Sean Morrison, who played 60 minutes and kept a clean sheet in a behind closed doors friendly with Oxford Untied this week - and Adkins revealed he is hoping to add to that early next week.

"We organised the Oxford fixture to get Sean some valuable game time, he’s got an hour there and that’s really good. Now he can look forward to playing a 90 minute game up at the Ricoh arena against Leicester on Monday. If he can get a good 90 minutes under his belt he puts himself under the lines of being available for the first team."

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