Royals boss Paul Clement expects that his squad will be as-you-were when they head to Hillsborough – no players yet ready to rejoin the squad anew after injury, but thankfully also no fresh doubts.
“It’s probably going to be too close for this weekend for the likes of Paul McShane and Tommy Elphick, but the rest of the squad who were available for the last game will be available for this game,” Clement said.
“We are as we were in that respect. Joseph Mendes has done some part-training, but hasn’t trained every day this week. Elphick has done about half of his work with the first team and half with the conditioning staff.
“McShane hasn’t joined the group yet and Leandro Bacuna is still suspended, so we’ll have the same squad of players going into the next game.
“We’ll have 11 on the pitch to start – hopefully to finish as well, as that hasn’t always been the case since I’ve been here! And we’ll have a bench with a balance of positions on it, so I can make changes if I need to during the game.”
The Royals will be backed by our away support – including a number who will be travelling up together at Liam Moore’s expense!
The initial 50 supporters who relocated from elsewhere to create an atmosphere-building area in the South Stand have the opportunity to catch a coach which our centre-half has laid on – a small ‘thank you’ from the player for them taking the initiative to make Madejski Stadium a more positive place to play football.
“All through the stadium, I know there’s that section in the South Stand that are getting going and the numbers increased in the last game, hopefully in the not-too-distant future we’ll see that full!” Clement continued.
“It’s a very nice gesture from Liam to show his thanks to that particular group of supporters, they’ll be coming up to the away game and getting behind the team.
“It’s a very positive thing that the connection between the fans and the players is positive.”