The Royals’ first-team squad are heading to Portugal for a short training camp and a friendly fixture, ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Following our friendly fixture against Tottenham on Friday afternoon, the squad have headed straight for the airport to embark to Portugal – where the training camp will begin in earnest this weekend.
Included amongst the itinerary for the squad is a pre-season friendly fixture, which is expected to take place on Tuesday 1st September - details of our opponents and the match itself will be communicated in due course.
This change in circumstances has resulted in our scheduled pre-season friendly against West Ham United to be cancelled. We would like to thank West Ham for their understanding and wish them well in their preparations for the upcoming Premier League campaign.
The camp will be a chance for our first-team squad to undertake some more hard work and together further prepare for the upcoming campaign… which begins imminently with our Carabao Cup first round tie against United Colchester on Saturday 5th September.
The short trip comes off the back of a 4-1 defeat at the magnificent Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon, a scoreline which a frustrated Mark Bowen felt was harsh on his players.
"I've looked at the statistics and Spurs were ruthless and clinical - as you'd expect from a Premier League side of their quality," he said. "They only registered five or six shots on target and they scored with four of them!
"I was pleased with the way the players played, we created chances and good ones too.
"And for long periods we looked good against opposition of the very highest order in Spurs. So I'm not furious at the performance, just fuming at the scoreline which I don't think we deserved."
Our best chances arguably fell to strike star Lucas Joao and new signing Josh Laurent, while the penalty which George Puscas put away with aplomb came from a fine save from a glancing Sam Baldock header and Tom Holmes bundling the rebound against the post.
"As I say, I can't fault our performance too much. Yes, the team need to improve some of the finer details and they will - that will come as we get closer to the start of the season.
"Now, we all head to Portugal for a short while where I am sure the players will get a chance to come together as a group and to learn a lot."