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Swift on his fitness and hard work in Spain

Midfielder reflects on two matches in a day and his recovery from injury

18 July 2019

John Swift says he is fit and ready to go ahead of the new season, having missed the 2018-19 run-in with a hip injury.

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Having had an operation, the playmaker is back in full training and taking a full involvement in Reading's matches over in Spain - after missing the final six weeks of last season.

Following playing the full 90 minutes against Malaga B on Tuesday morning, Swift was also involved for the first 15 minutes of the evening's friendly against Extremadura.

On that test of stamina, Swift told BBC Radio Berkshire: "That's what pre-season is, it's where the hard work begins. I think it's the first time I've played two games in one day in professional football.

"It's needed because I was out at the end of the season, I need my fitness and if I have to play twice in a day, then it's fair enough.

"I had surgery on my hip, I've had no problems since so I'm back to training every day with the lads, doing what they're doing - doing extra bits when I can and trying to get my fitness in top shape for when the season starts.

"I was in during the summer anyway, in between holiday I was in doing physio and going out on the pitch as well. I was in for the week building up to the start of pre-season, and then I've joined in like normal.

"I've not missed a session, I've not missed any running drills that we've needed to do, I've been in right from the start.

"It's always nice to get away with the team, enjoying it when we can and enjoying the sun - but it's harder work.

"When we go back into training and playing games in England, hopefully it'll be a bit easier."

On the presence of plenty of youth in the travelling squad in Spain, Swift added: "The lads coming in are very good players, they've shown in pre-season and in games that they're up to the level.

"Hopefully when the season comes, they'll still be playing and training at the standards they are now, but obviously, the Championship is a different level when it comes to physicality.

"It'll be tough for them to come in, but I'm hoping - and I'm sure they'll do really well. All the players here are ready to play."

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