Game time for injured playersRoyals duo Danny Guthrie and Stephen Kelly have made significant steps on their road to recovery after playing in a friendly match this week.
Guthrie, Kelly and also young defender Niall Keown, each got 45 minutes under their belts in a match with Stevenage at Hogwood Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Hal Robson-Kanu trained on the Madejski Stadium pitch after Tuesday night's win over Millwall, before working outside on his fitness on Thursday.
Seven players, however, will certainly not return until after the October international break. The sidelined Anton Ferdinand, Aaron Tshibola, Craig Tanner, Danny Williams, Garath McCleary, Jem Karacan and Shaun Cummings will be assessed at a later date.