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Manager on Saeid’s injury and returning absentees

Clement gives update on squad fitness

19 October 2018

“The players have come back from international duty – some good, some not so good. That’s the reality of what can happen when they go away with their countries,” said Royals boss Paul Clement ahead of this weekend’s home fixture against Millwall.

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“Saeid Ezatolahi came back injured, which is unfortunate as he was getting fit, his performances were growing and we were seeing what good player he is.  He has a scan today, but we don’t yet know the severity – but he is out for short term.

“In terms of those that went away with their countries, the only injury was Saeid.  The others retuned fit and well.

“Sam Baldock has rejoined training, while John O’Shea and Jón Daði Böðvarsson are going to be doing that imminently – they’re more like to be ready for more likely for midweek or next weekend.

“Paul McShane is continuing his rehabilitation, as are some of the long-term ones like Omar Richards and Jordan Obita.  Vito Mannone is fit and available again.

“There are no physical issues with Garath McCleary and Callum Harriott – in fact, they’re in better condition as those two players were here during the break, took part in every session and have been showing a good attitude.

“They don’t necessarily need more practice or Under-23 games; they are in a group of players where they need to be considered for selection.

“But we have enough players to play, that’s for sure, and we have enough good players to play and win.”


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