Nélson Oliveira has spoken for the first time after suffering a freak injury last weekend against Aston Villa.
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After Tyrone Mings' boot made contact with Oliveira's face during a fall, it was revealed that the on-loan striker had broken his nose in four places, suffering five deep wounds on his face and having surgery to repair the damage at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
José Gomes has already confirmed Oliveira will be absent from the weekend's match against Sheffield Wednesday, but the Portuguese attacker gave his version after a dramatic turn of events at Madejski Stadium on Saturday.
"I'm fine, recovering well," Oliveira said. "I'm very thankful to all the people in the club, especially the doctors and physios, also the doctors at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
"They really treated me well. They did a good job and I'm recovering well and getting back. I'm very happy with the treatment they gave me. It wasn't easy of course; there was big trouble with my face.
"They stitched me, they took care of me really well, and I'm very thankful for that.
"About the incident, I have my opinion of course. At the time, everything was really quick. I remember I passed him with my first touch, then afterwards he grabbed me, I went to the floor, and after I just remember something hitting my face.
"At the time I thought it was maybe his knee or something, it's not normal for a player to stand on the face of the other players. If you look back, that hasn't happened many times. Straight away, I felt a big impact on my face and there was blood everywhere."
There has been an outpouring of support for Oliveira on social media in the aftermath of the incident, and any fears of lasting damage have been allayed.
The on-loan strike has been overwhelmed by the support shown both from within the club and also the wider footballing community since the incident took place.
"Everyone at Reading has been really supportive of me," Oliveira explained.
"That being the players, the supporters and all of the staff. Even people from outside of the club.
"That’s the good thing about football. When something bad happens, people get together and show support for one another and I have felt a lot of support from other players.
"I’m very thankful for all of the support that everyone has given me.
"Regardless of what happened in the last match, in my future performances – I will be giving more of the same.
"I always want to give my best and fight for my team. My main focus now is recovering well and getting back to helping the team, because that is my main priority."
On the situation as a whole, Oliveira went on to say: "Reflecting on all of this, in the end I think I was very lucky in what was a very dangerous situation.
"In the end I broke my nose, and that is a very small thing to what could have happened."