Royals caretaker boss Scott Marshall says the squad are preparing well for a tough trip to Rotherham United this weekend.
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The Under-23s manager has led the senior squad through training this week at Hogwood, with a crucial encounter at the New York Stadium awaiting the Royals on Saturday.
In terms of team news, Marshall confirmed the return of striker Jón Daði Böðvarsson to training this week, who has been absent for almost two months with a back injury.
Speaking prior to training on Wednesday, Marshall said: “I’ve enjoyed this week, I’ve enjoyed getting to know the lads a little bit more, we had a good session yesterday and it’s all been good.
“We’re planning for Rotherham at the weekend – we’re all focussed on that, that’s the main objective right now.
"I'm battering on at the moment, planning from game to game and the best thing for me is to try and focus on winning the next game, getting across the whole job and seeing what it entails.
"The focus is on day-to-day training and making sure the first team squad are facilitated, challenged and ready for the game at the weekend.
“You’re always looking for points from every game, Rotherham are around us in the table so we’re going to try and make some ground.
“It doesn’t change anything – we’d be doing that anyway, every week you’re trying to find a way to get some points on the board.
“They’re a competitive group, so we’re expecting a competitive game, on their patch as well. There’s a challenge around it that we’re preparing for and looking forward to.
"There are certainly enough players around the group that have character and personality, and we're all determined to move forward.
“It’s a given that you want to win games and have a determined attitude, it’s a requirement. I’m seeing that every day, with professional players around and wanting success – that’s there in the group.
“I’m enjoying this week so far, getting to know them a little bit better and I’m keen to find out more about them today.
“Jón Daði is back in training – that’s a real positive. Everyone is making progress and wanting to get involved, get out on the grass and do their bit, it’s pleasing.”