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Kermorgant aiming for more minutes in 'big test' against Wolves this weekend

16 November 2017

13 minutes against Boro, 30 minutes against Forest, 37 minutes at Derby....Yann Kermorgant has used the two week fixture break as an opportunity to further build his match fitness and progress towards a first start of the season in the coming weeks.

And although back-to-back victories handed us some momentum that an international interval has interrupted, the Royals striker is confident that a fortnight's break ahead of a busy couple of months will serve the squad well.

"The lads have played quite a few games this season so they will have needed a rest," he told iFollow Royals. "We had two great results, two big wins, so of course we wanted to carry on, but it’s good to sometimes rest your legs and come back more fresh and ready to start another good run.

"Personally, I’m feeling better. It will take a bit of time still to feel fully fit and be completely clear of the injury, but last week was good for me as well.

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"It’s always difficult when you come back from a long term injury – you don’t have the friendly games and the summer's prepartation to get yourself fit, so it’s hard to get minutes in because you’re not playing a friendly any more, you're in a league game and you have to be at your best.

"But, with the manager, we’ve been talking about how to go forward in terms of the minutes I can play. And as a group we are ready to go on Saturday against a very good team.

"It will be a very big test for us," he admitted ahead of the visit of the league leaders. "But this is why you play football - to play the big games on a Saturday afternooin.

"And this is a big one against the team top of the league - so it will be really interesting to see where we are after the wins over Nottingham Forest and at Derby.

"Weirdly, sometimes it’s easier to play against the best teams, because they will try to play football and will come here for the three points and nothing less. So it might be an open game, hopefully a really good football game. And if we can get the three points against a team like Wolves, it will be perfect for us.

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"I watched them against Fulham a few weeks ago and of course you can see they are a really solid team – although Fulham posed them some problems aswell because, as we know, they are a good team too. So it’s up to us to be solid at the back and, at home, push for the win.

"We won’t change anything in our preparation, we will look to play our game. but against a team like Wolves we know we will need to be at our best to get the win. And that’s what we’ll try to do.

"We had a poor start but two good results makes us feel much better and everything look much better in the table. And of course we still have a game in hand which, if we win it, will see us not too far off the top six.

"So hopefully we can bridge the gap as soon as possible and start our season with a real push towards the top. And hopefully that can start on Saturday."


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