A number of injury-stricken Royals are edging closer to availability once again as our medical team continue to work their magic.
Winger Callum Harriott has been absent throughout 2017 after picking up an injury in our fog-affected fixture against Fulham in December, while Jordan Obita and Yann Kermorgant are yet to feature this season after suffering pre-season blows. John Swift has been absent in recent weeks after sustaining a problem in Preston.
“Jordan Obita is already training with the squad – his ankle is feeling a lot better, so he’s not far off joining the squad,” said Royals gaffer Jaap Stam. “He’s had a couple of good training sessions already.
“Yann Kermorgant is still out for quite a few weeks because of the operation that he had.
“Callum Harriott is also training with the squad – not every training sessions just yet, but like yesterday he did a full session with the team which is good. We need to build him up carefully and not do too much too soon as he could end up injured again; we don’t want that.
“John Swift is feeling good as well and he’s starting to train outside at the end of this week, so that’s looking very good as well.”
Royals midfielder John Swift picked up an injury early on in our away defeat at Preston North End last month.
Those players, along with others who have picked up bumps and bruises from the Championship’s early-season rigours, have had a chance to recover a bit more during the recent international weekend – not to mention to enjoy some downtime and help bed in our new arrivals.
“Like I said before we went into this period, it is good to have some time with the players and a chance to get some players back into the squad who have been injured,” Jaap continued. “A couple of players have joined us and we need to get used to them, they need to get used to us and what we want to do.
“We’ve had a couple of very good training sessions to try and get stronger as individuals and as a team. So it’s been very good.
“During the international weekend when most of the countries are playing, the players get a couple of days off so they can spend a bit of time with their family or friends. That’s a good thing for us as a coaching staff too – I went away with my family for a couple of days and we enjoyed ourselves! It’s not often that all six of us can go away, so we had the opportunity to do it, and we did.”