Injuries have played their part this season – Jón Daði Böðvarsson will attest to that. The striker played 54 games for club and country last season, but suffered an injury within his first hour of competitive football as a Reading player on the opening day.
After getting back to fitness, he picked up a training-ground injury since then too… and recently returned to action with a couple of substitute appearances after very little time spent on the training field.
It’ll be a steady process, but he’s hopeful of playing more and more in the upcoming busy spell – that could include a role on Saturday against our visitors Sheffield Wednesday.
In particular he has been pleased with the level of support that has come his way from around the club during a difficult time on the sidelines.
“I’m feeling good – obviously it has been a frustrating start to the season for me with these two injuries not having a lot of minutes to play because of them,” he explained. “It’s the first time in my career that I have been this unlucky with injuries!
“And in the Championship it is hard because of the amount of games – you don’t always have a full training week before the next game. But that’s how it is. I’ve had gradually more minutes, I’m feeling fitter… the injury is gone, but it’s now about getting my fitness back and that comes gradually.
“It’s not only me – there are other players who have been unlucky with injuries. Of course that makes it tougher for the team, especially at the start of the season. That’s just something that happens in football at times.
“But even though the start of the season hasn’t gone how we wanted, through all the adversity we have stuck together as a team. During my rehabilitation I have been getting lots of help from the physios and the players as well.
“It’s a very good group to be in – you can feel it. It’s a close group and that’s a nice environment to work in.
“It’s important for me to get back to fitness and to get a full game into the body, to get myself used to it again. Hopefully I’ll be able to be consistent with how my body feels and in how I can perform on the field.”
After two great wins before the international weekend, the Royals have since picked up just one point in the two games that have followed. The Owls, who come to RG2 this weekend, will provide stern resistance.
“Sheffield Wednesday is a good club and in the last couple of seasons they have performed well – they’ve played good football and we know what we’re going to get,” Böðvarsson continued. “So we need to prepare ourselves correctly for the game.
“We’re going to use our training to get fully prepared. We’re expecting a tough game, like every other game in the Championship.
“The most important thing is to focus on ourselves, no matter who our opponents are. We put pressure on ourselves – we want to perform, and I think that’s the most important thing.
“After the loss against Wolves and the draw against Bolton, now we want to get back to winning ways. I think it’ll be really important for our confidence as a team. We believe in ourselves that we can get those three points.
“We’re at our home ground, we’ll have the fans with us… it’s not going to be easy, it’ll be a tough game, but we’re striving for three points. We want to get a run of games with some wins and that’s really important in the Championship.”