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Gaffer confirms Hal could return

28 April 2016

Brian gives squad fitness update ahead of Saturday...

Reading manager Brian McDermott confirmed that Hal Robson-Kanu could return from his absence from injury for the final two games of the season.

The Royals forward who picked up an injury in Reading’s 1-1 draw with Cardiff City on the 19th of March, has been out of action for five weeks and could feature this weekend as Reading host Preston North End in their final home game of the season. The Wales international has returned to full training this week.

Reading will be without Lucas Piazon and Michael Hector following their return to parent club Chelsea, however duo Danny Williams and skipper Paul McShane are set to return to action having served their three match FA suspension. The ban was handed out after the team’s trip to Middlesbrough, and the manager is pleased to have the pair back.

“Hal Robson-Kanu is training so he could be available for the squad for Preston, which is a positive,” said McDermott.

“It’s also good to get Paul McShane and Danny Williams back into the squad, there were three games in quick succession which is good for us to get them back as soon as possible.  They’ve served their suspension so it’s good to have them available again.”

Elsewhere Deniss Rakels should be available for the weekend despite picking up a knock against QPR and Jordan Obita is still side-lined through injury. 

“There shouldn’t be any other new injury doubts for the game, everybody got through alright against QPR on Saturday.  Dennis Rakels got a little bit of a knock but hopefully he will be okay for Saturday.  But Jordan is still out.”

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