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Jaap hopeful of injury recoveries during busy schedule

Returning players could boost Royals' squad options

23 November 2017

Jaap Stam is hopeful that his list of injured players will soon start to decrease, with some of his squad starting to recover from knocks picked up in recent weeks.

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Stam has seen his options limited all season with an injury list that has been lenghty for long periods - and one which still including the likes of George Evans, Sam Smith, Callum Harriott, Garath McCleary, Jordan Obita, Joseph Mendes, Stephen Quinn and Tennai Watson, who are all still on the sidelines.

Vito Mannone was not involved in Tuesday night's match due to personal reasons, but Stam will be boosted on Saturday by the return of Joey van den Berg from suspension, as well as Liam Kelly returning to the pitch against Bolton after three weeks out.

John Swift pulled up and was taken off after just 17 minutes at the Macron in midweek, but Stam is hoping that his absence will be a short one after his spell of recent form: "Swift has been very good for us lately - he had his rest because we were aware of the hamstring injuries he's had lately.

"He didn't do a lot of training or too much hard work - but playing a lot of games in a short period can have an affect on players."

Stam confirmed that striker Yann Kermorgant, who himself has only recently returned to action, suffered only a minor knock to keep him out of Tuesday night's match at Bolton Wanderers, and could be fit for the weekend.

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"Yann had a problem after the Wolves game with his hip after a block tackle - it's not bad and it's got nothing to do with his previous injury. He's feeling ok now, so hopefully he'll be in contention for Saturday. 

"And Vito left the camp with a family situation. He had to go back is very important for everyone."

The manager urged that patience is always key with players returning from injuries, as he hopes to avoid rushing a player's recovery at the risk of reinjuring them.

"Jon Dadi has been out for six weeks and only trained one day. So you can't start with him after only one training session or he might get injured again - we need to be wise in when to use him.

"If everyone is fit of course, you can make different choices. But sometimes as a manager you don't have a choice and you need to think about your players and who to start with at different times."

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