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Injury update | Clement on minutes for McCleary and Harriott

The Royals boss gave us an update after the international break on those with injuries, working hard to return to first team action

14 September 2018

The international break not only gives the manager, coaching staff and players an opportunity to work hard on the training pitch, it also allows our medical team some extra time to work closely with those on the physio table.

And manager Paul Clement gave us an update on the injury list, with positive news about Garath McCleary's progress and the latest stage in Jordan Obita's recovery from long-term injury. 

"Last Thursday, Garath played 40 minutes in an in-house practice match, this week he played 60 minutes against Portsmouth in a training ground game. So he’s gradually getting the minutes up.

"So it’s positive. He’s been out for such a long time, then he had a set-back and had to have surgery, so it’s been a difficult period for him. But he’s got his head down and now he’s getting much closer to match fitness.

"Jordan had a really good week in Philadelphia with a Strength and Conditioning coach I know called Bill Knowles.

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"He’s previously worked with players at Chelsea and he was a little bit involved when I was at Real Madrid and he has a fantastic knowledge of knee injuries and how you can strengthen the muscles around it. So Jordan had a great week out there and he’s back in rehab here now."

Elsewhere, there are bumps and bruises but nothing of too much more concern heading into this weekend's game at Preston.

"David Meyler didn’t train today, he had a little issue and we’re going to look into it but I don’t think it's that bad. We’ll see if he’s going to be alright for the weekend. And Popa rolled his ankle in a practice game, so he’ll be out for a little while.

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"And Dave Edwards is taking some time; he had an injury and the fibres near the surface are healing quite well but the ones deep down are not healing as quickly as we would have hoped. He’s not running yet and he’s still having treatment.

"But Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was ok to go away with Iceland after his illness; he was in hospital and he said he’d never been in so much pain. So it's good that it settled down quite quickly and he went away with Iceland – so everything is fine with him.

"And Callum Harriott played in the in-house game last week and has travelled with the Under-23 group today, so he’s going to get some minutes with the Under-23s at Old Trafford against Manchester United tonight."

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And there was also positive news on the arrival of midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi...

"As we speak he is in Paris," Clement said. "He was on international duty with Iran, playing and setting up a goal against Uzbekistan and now he’s in Paris to get his visa.

"Almost everything is in place now and we’re just waiting for the visa to be collected – hopefully on Friday all being well. Then he should be free to travel to the UK and I would expect him to do some light training on Saturday, Sunday the players are off, then he’ll be in with everybody else on Monday I hope."


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