The gaffer gives an injury update ahead of Saturday's return to Championship action.Royals manager Jaap Stam revealed that Reading midfielder John Swift will not be available for the weekend’s clash with Burton Albion due to an ankle injury he picked up on international duty with England U21’s.
Despite the disappointment of Swift’s injury, the gaffer feels it now creates a chance for other players in the squad to step forward and make the most of the opportunity the midfielder’s absence presents.
“John Swift will not be fit for this weekend, it is ligament damage on the ankle so he’s going to be out for the next couple of weeks,” said Stam.
“Everyone in the squad knows what Swifty has done for us so far this season and so the person stepping into that position knows what he needs to do now. The other players have the quality to do the same as well, we don’t want players to get injured but it happens. Now it’s a chance for somebody to come into that position and do well.
“Swifty has played a lot of games some players need to wait for their moment, and now it is there moment to come in and do well,” he continued. “That’s how it goes in football sometimes, as a player you need to be patient and take your chance when it comes.”
Despite the injury to Swift over the international break, Stam says the club have made the most of the week off from in Championship action, and have used the time effectively to make sure they hit the ground running when the Brewers visit Madejski Stadium on Saturday.
“We know these injuries can happen when players go on international duty,” admitted the manager. “It’s not one of those injuries that have happened because they’ve pushed him to hard, it was just one of the Italian players falling on his ankle and he’s twisted it.
“It is one of these injuries that you need to give time to recover, it’s a pity for us because he’s important to us but we’ve got other players who can fill that position.
“The international break has been a good opportunity to work with some players individually who did not go on duty, so it’s been good to have a short break from the games, but we want to make sure we stay in our rhythm.”