Full-back talks about his recoveryShaun Cummings is looking forward to making his first-team return after stepping up his recovery from a long-term knee injury.
The full-back, who joined the Royals from Chelsea in 2009, has been sidelined since August after being on the receiving end of a nasty tackle against Scunthorpe in the Capital One Cup.
Cummings played 45 minutes of the friendly draw with Oxford at Hogwood a fortnight ago. This week, he completed another half in an intra-squad game and he insists that he cannot wait to return to competitive action.
“I was out for about two and-a-half months and I’m getting back into training now. Hopefully I can keep myself fit and start to kick on,” said the 25-year-old.
“I’ve been feeling alright. The injury is still there a bit but nothing major. I can get through training fine and I had a good 45 minutes in an 11-aside between the first team as well. I’m starting to feel strong.
“Having been out for a certain amount of time, you need to gain that match fitness and get back into it. That’s what I’ve done and I feel like I’m ready to go.”
Cummings also praised the club’s medical staff, who have certainly been busy since the start of the season.
He said: “It’s been very hard for the medical staff. They’ve had so many bodies from the start of the season but hopefully we can get more players out of that physio room and back onto the pitch.
“It’s always good to have players back because you never want to have too many injuries, but unfortunately we happened to pick up a few at the start of the season. Hopefully we can all start to push on now.”