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McCleary to be unleashed

10 November 2014

Winger to benefit from two behind-closed-doors friendlies

Garath McCleary could feature in two behind-closed-doors friendlies during the international break, says Reading manager Nigel Adkins.

The winger, who was given the all clear by his back surgeon last Tuesday, has not turned out for the Royals since the final day of last season.

And Adkins, who didn’t risk McCleary in his matchday squad on Saturday, believes that this coming fortnight is an ideal opportunity to get him fit.

The manager said: “We wish the players who go away around the globe well, but what it allows us to do is get on the training ground.

“We have got a couple of games already arranged for people coming back from injury like Garath. They’ll happen on Tuesday and Saturday and, if we can get 90 minutes worth of football under him, it will be important because he’s been out all season.

“Positively, you saw Danny Williams play 90 minutes on Saturday as well, so hopefully we can step his game time up through the course of this next fortnight.

“We’ll regroup and obviously we’ll reflect on Saturday’s result and performance. We will keep working on the players that remain with us so that when we go to Cardiff, all being well, we’ll be in good shape.” 

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