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Stam discusses options ahead of Saturday

9 February 2017

Reading boss gives an update on squad fitness ahead of Barnsley clash...

Reading boss Jaap Stam says the squad have shown their strength in depth in recent weeks, with Reading picking up some important points away from home despite having several key players on the sideline.

The manager says all the players on the injury list are recovering well and are making good progress as they look to get back to full fitness.

“This is why we like to have quite a big squad with players who are very competitive,” said Stam. “You see during the season in the Championship with so many games, there will be suspensions and injuries – and players will need to fill those positions and do well.

“Everybody knows that and everybody is prepared to give everything for the team in order to get a good result.”

“With players like Stephen Quinn, Joey van den Berg, Callum Harriott and Paul McShane all out, they are all quality players that we miss.”

In the absence of those ruled out through injury Jaap has been impressed with the performances from several players that have stepped into those vacant positions to help the team continue to churn out results. 

The manager also gave an update of those players returning to fitness, with Paul McShane and Joey Van den Berg both nearing a return to action.

“We have got a lot of quality players that can fill in positions, and they are doing a great job,” said the gaffer.

“Paul McShane is going to be out for a couple of games, and Joey too. It won’t be too long – and we’re putting the pressure on the physios to work them hard and get things sorted as quickly as possible!

“Everybody is trying to do that because we want to have a lot of choices within the squad, and so we need everybody to stay fit and also be competitive towards the end of the season.

“Callum Harriott is probably going to be a bit longer with his hamstring. Tiago Ilori still has his knee in a brace, so he’ll still take several weeks to join the group again.”

“Quinn has joined us this week,” continued the manager.  “He is getting back into the routine of training, small games, big games, getting his match fitness. He’s getting there as well, he’s feeling a lot better than he was a few weeks ago.”

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