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Boss confirms full-backs likely to miss Leeds trip

14 April 2016

Manager provides update on squad fitness

Royals boss Brian McDermott confirmed that both Chris Gunter and Jordan Obita are both unlikely to be available to visit Leeds this weekend after picking up injuries in Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Right-back Gunter has barely missed a minute for the Royals this season – his appearance against Boro was his 49th in Reading colours this campaign – but he pulled up with a groin strain in the first half.

On the other flank, left-back Jordan Obita tweaked a hamstring and was unable to emerge for the second period.  Obita had a like-for-like replacement in Andrew Taylor on the bench, but in the absence of a natural right-back it was winger Garath McCleary that filled in for Gunter – and the Jamaican impressed in the full-back role.

“I don’t think either of them will be fit, but we’ll have to wait and see,” McDermott said of Gunter and Obita.

“I think Garath can do that job [at right-back] – especially with the system we’re playing. 

“He has got energy – he can run and defend and get forward.  I thought he did a good job against Middlesbrough.”

Hal Robson-Kanu and Aaron Tshibola are longer-term absentees; the only other player that is unlikely to travel is Yann Kermorgant, who is expecting a new addition to the family imminently.

“Yann’s wife is just about to have a baby, so we’re still waiting on that – to travel up to Leeds would be difficult for him,” continued McDermott.  “Everybody else will hopefully come through.”

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