Latest from HogwoodNigel Adkins spoke to Reading FC Player to give the latest update from the treatment room on Thursday afternoon.
Whilst a couple of fresh injury problems have come to light this week, the boss has been boosted by the return to training of some key first team stars in recent days.
"It was good to have Danny Guthrie back this week - he's joined in training for a few days," said Adkins. "Obviously we've been without him for a long time, he's only had half an hour of football or so this season - but I'm hopeful that we'll be able to utilise him within these next few games. All being well that injury has been sorted now. We've had few players back with the group this week. Stephen Kelly has stepped up his training, Hal Robson-Kanu and Nick Blackman have done the same - and we've had Pavel involved too. They've got a couple of sessions under their belts and the finishing line is in sight in terms of their recovery."
Unfortunately, it was revealed that Shaun Cummings will be unavailable after undergoing surgery for a knee problem picked up from a robust challenge during our Capital One Cup clash with Scunthorpe United.
"As I said to the press boys today, Shaun Cummings has had a knee operation after a horrendous challenge at Scunthorpe - then we've got young Aaron Tshibola who will probably be unavailable for another four or five weeks. Craig Tanner also needs a period of recovery after a problem he picked up in the Huddersfield game. Anton Ferdinand has hurt his hamstring and is going to be out for a few weeks. I wouldn't expect him to be available before the next international break. But all these injuries have given our younger players to shine in recent weeks - they've really grasped the opportunity. Of course we analyse what we can do to prevent these things - but in reality most of them have been game related trauma."