Boss on long-term injuries and outbound loansReading manager Steve Clarke revealed that the Royals’ three long-term injury absentees – Hal Robson-Kanu, Stephen Quinn and Aaron Tshibola – could all come back into first-team contention around the turn of the year.
Welshman Hal sustained an injury on international duty, while the midfield pair have also been missing in recent weeks and working on their own rehabilitation.
“They’re all progressing well,” said Clarke. “To put them in order, Hal is probably the most advanced – he is doing really well.
“Stephen Quinn is also coming along nicely, and Aaron Tshibola was the last one so he’ll be a little bit longer than the rest. But they’re all progressing well and working well.
“Hal is outside running, and I think Stephen Quinn will be outside next week. Aaron has got the boot off his foot so he’s starting to move properly again – he’ll be working in pool and the AlterG system and hopefully I’ll have them all before the turn of the year.”
The Royals boss has also been clocking up miles on the road to keep a close eye on our outbound loanees and their progression.
Clarke has already seen Tariqe Fosu and Dominic Samuel make appearances for their League 1 loan clubs – Fleetwood and Gillingham respectively – as well as keeping tabs on the progress of the lads on lower rungs of the league ladder.
He continued: “I went down to Gillingham the other night to watch Dominic Samuel – it took me a long time to get there mind! Not so long coming back; the traffic was horrendous on the way down!
“But it was good to go and see – Dominic was involved in the first goal. It was a terrific lay-off, a great bit of quality. From watching the game and seeing what type of game it was, I think will be good for Dominic because it’s quite a physical league.
“You’ve got to become a man down there. Dominic has got great talent and we look forward to watching his progress down there, and hopefully getting him back here to help us.
“I saw Tariqe make his debut at Peterborough the week before – he came off the bench and he also got an assist. He scored in midweek as well which is good.
“Jack Stacey didn’t have such a happy start at Barnet – they lost the game, but it’s good for Jack to get out and get games. He has been a little bit frustrated waiting on chances, so it’s good for all these boys to be out and continuing their development.”