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Yiadom | "It's good to see everyone"

Defender discusses return to Reading ranks

17 July 2019

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Andy Yiadom got straight back to action in a Reading shirt on Tuesday night, coming on for 25 minutes as the Royals beat Spanish second tier side, Extremadura, 1-0 in their latest pre-season friendly.

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Danny Loader’s goal from the spot in the second half was enough to see the Royals over the line on the night at Marbella Football Center, while Yiadom got into match action just a day after joining up with the squad’s training camp in Estepona.

The full-back had been representing Ghana at the summer’s Africa Cup of Nations, with the Black Stars exiting at the last 16 stage.

“It’s good to see everyone, obviously I’ve been away for a while,” he said after the match on Tuesday.

“I got back in the first week of July so it’s good to come and see everyone now.

“We didn’t go as far as we liked too, but it is what it is and now I’m back. It’s a lovely achievement, all the games out there were very good, but it’s back to business here.

“The boys have done very well, even the first game in the morning, the boys put a shift in, everyone put a shift in, and we won 1-0 with a clean sheet, which is good for everyone’s confidence.”

After a gruelling summer away, Yiadom will be hoping to get his breath back after plenty of match action throughout June and July.

“I’ve heard Marbella is around the corner so a bit of downtime will be lovely,” he smiled.

“And we’ve got another game coming up so I’m looking forward to that.

“We’ve got a very young side, and a side that is looking to improve and prove a point so I think all the boys just want to put a shift in, and when we play Sheffield Wednesday on August 3rd, everyone will be ready and raring to go.”

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