Manager looks ahead to Terriers meetingRoyals boss Brian McDermott admitted that there are likely to be a number of switches to the matchday squad when Reading travel to Huddersfield on Tuesday evening.
Reading take on the Terriers in the Sky Bet Championship, and then three days later the team are back in action at Madejski Stadium for a Friday-night FA Cup meeting with Crystal Palace. Matej Vydra and Paul McShane each missed the game against Fulham; Hal Robson-Kanu also had to be withdrawn after scoring a brace after taking a knock.
“We have to have it in our mind – we’ve got some really good players who are out there training on the pitch,” said McDermott after the Fulham fixture, as the unused players conducted a post-match training session at Madejski Stadium.
“We need to do our training with the guys out there and get them ready for Tuesday, because some of that group will play on Tuesday and then we’ll get ourselves ready for Friday night.
“We’ve got another game and we’ve got to travel a long distance. I’ve got to make sure I do the best by our football club in the next two games. We’ve got good players who will play on Tuesday and it will give them the opportunity to show what they can do ahead of Friday as well.
“Vyds will train Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and hopefully he’ll be fit for Friday. Hal got a knock to his Achilles, we’re not sure if he’ll be right for Tuesday but hopefully for Friday.
“McShane has a calf injury. He won’t be ready for Tuesday, hopefully he will for Friday. I have to be very mindful of the fact I don’t want another injury to the centre defenders. We’re going to keep some of the staff back on the Monday and Tuesday, they’ll travel on the Tuesday on the day of the game.”