Writer: Steve Guscott
Date:Friday August 27 2010
28th August 2010
The Royals will travel to Leicester on Saturday, for a game live on Sky, with a crippling injury crisis and a squad desperatly short on confidence following our slow start to the season.
We will return to the scene of our greatest ever afternoon, where in March 2006 we gained promotion to the Premier League for the first time in our history. This team is a long way off the players who were on show that afternoon but we will be hoping for a positive result heading into the international break.
Stand in captain Matt Mills -
'Going into the international break with five points will be a lot better than two or three and we`re all aware of that.'
Manager Brian McDermott -
'There`s always an air of impatience about getting any win. We all want to win games. You can`t dwell on that first win though, you have to take each game on its merits and move on.'
Striker Noel Hunt -
'Right now it`s the biggest game of our season and it`s all down to us. The way we`re approaching it is that every game is our biggest game.'
Matty Fryatt is set to return from an achilles injury and DJ Campbell is also back from illness, so those two could lead the line for the Foxes.
Carl Ikeme will start in goal after signig on loan from Wolves as Chris Weale has a shoulder problem.
Winger Dyer has been out injured but will return this weekend and should take his place back in the side. Former West Brom man is always a threat to any opposition defence, not least one with two makeshift full backs!
The Royals are struggling with an ever growing list of injuries which now includes Jem Karacan, Marcus Williams, Michail Antonio and Simon Church following the Carling Cup defeat to Northampton. They join Andy Griffin, Jay Tabb, Ivar Ingimarsson and Chris Armstrong on the treatment table and leave us very stretched, especially in the full back position.
Brynjar Gunnarsson is sure to start whilst youngster Jake Taylor could come into the team for his first league start. Problem is, he is only deputising as a full back and is naturally a midfielder by trade so it will make it even more daunting a prospect for the Welsh under 21 international.
Shaun Cummings and Scott Davies are bothset to be brought in from the cold and will at least be on the bench.
Icelandic midfielder is worth his weight in gold at the moment with his ability to play in a number of positions. Deputised for Andy Griffin at right back last weekend, and could be moved to left back on Saturday. We could do with him in midfield as well!
24th March 2010, Leicester 1-2 Reading.
A last minute penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the Royals all three points back in March. That was our last win away from home in the league.
With so many injuries I can't see us getting anything from this game, I will go for a comfortable home win. 2-0
Saturday 11th September 2010, Crystal Palace (H)
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Date:Friday August 27 2010
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