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Royals boss gives squad update ahead of 'a lot at stake' Cardiff clash

McShane, Elphick and Harriott all available, while Richards misses out on final day encounter...

4 May 2018

One match remains this season. And it's a big one. Royals boss Paul Clement gave us an update on the options open to him ahead of a trip to promotion-chasing Cardiff City!

"There will probably be a couple of changes from last weekend, but not massive changes. The players have been very focused in training this week and those who played in the last game are keen to put it right. There's no better way to put it right than with a performance in the next game.

"Paul McShane is available for selection and Tommy trained all week. Callum Harriott is available for selection. He came through his rehab and although he's not match fit, he could contribute.

"There haven't been enough U23 games, there hasn't been the time to build up his match fitness. So I'll have to think over the next couple of days whether to involve him or not.

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"Omar Richards is not available. He rolled his ankle in the last game and he's been walking around this week in a protective boot - it's more precautionary than anything just to stabilise it. He'll have some treatment over the next few days and hasn't trained all week so he won't be available this weekend.

"And an update on Jordan Obita - the surgeon went in to clean the knee up a little bit - and he did need it because it was holding him back. But hopefully it won't have much of a delay on him returning."

But Clement is confident that the players who have been responsible for disappointing performances in the last two games, can get us a result at Cardiff on Sunday.

"There may be a couple of changes, freshen it up a little bit and try to pick the right players for the style we're going to adopt to give ourselves a chance.

"But the players themselves are disappointed. They know they've missed a couple of opportunities - against Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday - to pick up a point which would have put us in a better situation.

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"And we've not played well in the last two games - they players know they have to play a lot better in what is a very, very big challenge on Sunday.

"There are enough players in this squad that, if they play up to their level and - most importantly - play as a team, we'll have a chance. If we don't, which is what happened in the last two games, then we won't. It's simple.

"There's a lot at stake, the atmosphere will be good, the stadium will be full, so it will be an exciting afternoon. I'm looking forward to it, to competing in what is a very high pressure game.

"Weve seen some good in the last eight games, and we've some some bad. But they are things to address going forward. This is a one-off game, like a cup final."


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