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💪 Pelé and Obita back in contention, confirms Bowen

Reading boss brings team news ahead of Elland Road trip

21 February 2020

Ahead of a visit to Elland Road this weekend, Reading manager Mark Bowen provided an update on his squad’s availability ahead of the Leeds United game.

There is no immediate return for the longer-term absentees, but some of the knocks and niggles have been cleared up – including Jordan Obita’s ankle knock and Pelé’s groin issue.

“We’ve had a slight issue with Masika, who has a stomach upset and hasn’t been with us at the training ground for the past couple of days, so we’ll see how he is on Friday,” Bowen said.

“Pelé has come through and had a few decent training sessions, and Jordan Obita too, so that’s good news as far I’m far as I’m concerned.

“It creates a problem – but it’s a nice problem! It means more bodies for me to choose from. We’re going into the weekend with people coming back from short-term injuries.

“We’ve got a few longer-term ones like Chris Gunter, Lucas João and Matt Miazga who will be a while before they’re back, so to an extent I put them out of my head when it comes to thinking about the game.

“But the ones who are back will be welcomed back, and will give me selection problems.”

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