Berkshire news Liam Moore's Reading future still up in air amid comeback and contract status PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Reading FC defender and former skipper Liam Moore, who is in his seventh season as a Royal, is close to entering the final six months of his contract at the club
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A pivotal moment is approaching in the career of Reading FC defender Liam Moore. The 29-year-old is nearing his long-awaited comeback from a serious knee injury, which has resulted in him sitting on the sidelines all season so far. But it is more than just getting back out onto the pitch for the centre-back, who last pulled on a Royals jersey away at West Brom in December 2021. READ MORE: Former Aston Villa star agrees with Kevin De Bruyne as Reading FC ace shines against Belgium Since then, he has been stripped of the captaincy by Reading, sent out on loan to Stoke City and suffered the aforementioned injury which threatened to derail his career so much that he could have ended up hanging up his boots. Fast forward to now, though, and Moore is currently with the first-team squad out in Tenerife on a warm-weather training camp to prepare for the remainder of the season which gets underway on Saturday, December 10 at home to Coventry City. The player is not expected to return for that fixture, but it is hoped he will feature in some capacity in December if his recovery and rehabilitation work pass off successfully. There is then the question of how much he is involved given his contract status - his deal expires in June 2023 - his fitness and the availability of other centre-backs. Boss Paul Ince brought in Naby Sarr and Sam Hutchinson over the summer and although both have had their injury issues, both should be fit for the Coventry fixture at least and are set to be named in the starting 11, so their places in the team are seemingly theirs to lose. Throw in academy graduates Tom Holmes (the club's vice-captain) and Tom McIntyre - two players Ince often mentions how much he admires - as well as veteran centre-back Scott Dann, who is expected to return from injury in January, and there are some big selection conundrums for the boss. Given the club will remain under a transfer embargo during the January window, the only benefit of selling players would be to free up a place in the 25-man squad and to use the player's wages elsewhere. While Moore is, in theory, one of the club's prized assets, given his lack of game time over the past 12 months, he would be unlikely to command much of a transfer fee. Liam Moore heads clear during his last Reading appearance at West Brom almost a year ago His wages have long been talked about by supporters, ever since he signed a new five-year deal in 2018 after Reading fended off interest from Brighton and Hove Albion in his services and it is understood he is the highest earner at the club. Given Reading's financial difficulties, which the club is ever so slowly coming out of, it would make sense to move him on as quickly as possible although that is far easier said than done. Speaking about his comeback on a recent podcast, Moore said: "I've got a goal in sight and with the World Cup break, it gives a lot of people a chance to rest and recover so that break is my pre-season. I hope to be fully up to speed by the end of the break and be fit and firing and ready to go. "I've been doing my rehab at Reading - for the last three months I've been in and they have treated me very well. It's been very thorough but it's step by step. Just to give people an idea, one day I'm doing 50 per cent body weight on the treadmill, two days later it's 55 per cent and so on. But it has been promising for such a big injury. As soon as I get on the pitch it's then a case of getting fit." Moore's return will certainly be something of a milestone moment for the former Leicester City player, who turns 30 in January. He will know his next move is the most important of his career so will want to ensure he is in the best possible shape to make it happen. That can only benefit Reading, for whom he has made more than 230 appearances across all competitions since being signed by Jaap Stam in 2016.
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. Ince explained at the end of October how much he had admired Moore's determination to get himself back to full fitness, as well as what the reaction had been to his return from teammates. "He had a bad injury and we didn't know whether he was going to play or not, that was the bottom line," the boss said. "But credit to him, he's dug in, and showed a willingness and desire to get back on the pitch. "When he came out to train, all the lads gave him a round of applause. We all love playing football but when you think at his age your career could be ended it must be the worst thought you can have, so to get a round of applause from the others was a nice touch."
Liam Moore is Reading's joint longest serving player (Image: Getty Images) Moore is Reading's joint longest-serving player and is a popular member of the first-team squad. He is yet to be issued with a shirt number for this season - something which raised some eyebrows over his future - but it appears that will not threaten his prospects of pulling on a Royals shirt again. Bowen explained at the start of the summer the primary objective for Reading was to get Moore fit again before assessing the next stage of his career, while opening up on the defender's issues in the past surrounding the club's finances. "He’s got a really problematic injury with his knee and will be having treatment on it and we don’t know where it will lead," the Welshman said back in July. "He has a year left on his contract. It’s difficult because he’s not fit and won’t be for a fair while. "Our plans are to make sure he’s fit, and if and when he is, I imagine he will be at Paul’s beck and call. He’s still a Reading player and Paul (Ince) will have the opportunity to play him or not. "The unfortunate thing is for his point of view - looking ahead to the rest of his career as he's in the last year of his contract. It (the injury) couldn’t have come at a worse time for him personally because he needs to get himself fit to try and secure his future wherever it may be. "In the last two years, the financial situation of the club dictated he had to try and find a home at that present time. It will be Liam’s decision if he was fit [if he is keen to play]. He’s in a difficult position and emotionally has to deal with being injured. "When I came in as manager he was my captain, he’s a very strong character and we had our disagreements, no doubt about that. But when he was fit and on the pitch, he was doing a fantastic job for the club and other things conspired which saw him go on loan to Stoke. Whatever happens, we just have to hope he gets fit as soon as he can for all parties." With that moment now in sight, it remains to be seen how Moore and Reading play the situation in the coming months. READ NEXT Former Aston Villa star agrees with Kevin De Bruyne as Reading FC ace shines against Belgium ]Reading face potential England World Cup clash when Championship fixtures resume vs Coventry Reading supporters facing major travel disruption for Birmingham fixture Former Reading winger and free agent seals transfer switch to League Two strugglers Paul Ince takes Reading squad on training camp as preparations build for remainder of season
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