Berkshire news Reading pair step up returns but Paul Ince says others are now injured PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Paul Ince has issued an injury update on his Reading FC players ahead of the first home game of the season against Cardiff City at the Select Car Leasing Stadium on Saturday
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Reading FC defenders Sam Hutchinson and Scott Dann have stepped up their recoveries from injury as they aim to make a first-team return in the coming weeks. The pair missed the Championship opener away at Blackpool last Saturday and will not be involved in this weekend's game at home to Cardiff City. Hutchinson, a summer signing after his release by Sheffield Wednesday, picked up an injury in the final pre-season fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion while Dann pulled his calf muscle on the eve of pre-season. READ MORE: Paul Ince tightlipped on Omari Hutchinson to Reading transfer rumours Boss Paul Ince said are both back in training, although they are not expected to return imminently. Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Thursday morning ahead of the Cardiff fixture, the manager said although four of the next five games in league and cup are at home, not having a fully fit squad means expectations should not be too high. "With injuries and not having a full squad, it's hard to build momentum," he explained. "When I first came in, we picked up results and went unbeaten for about six or seven games and that's the type of stuff you want but you can only really do that when you've got a full squad. You're asking these players to play Saturday, Tuesday consistently - the same players - which is tough. But hopefully, we'll get some more people coming back. "Scott Dann and Sam Hutchinson are back on the training ground. Lucas Joao is another couple of weeks [away] and Dejan Tetek is still injured and back in a week.
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." Dann, Hutchinson, Joao and Tetek are currently joined on the sidelines by Femi Azeez, who pulled his hamstring last Friday and is out for two months. It meant the subs' bench for last weekend's defeat at Blackpool was predominantly made up of under-23s players. Ince also admitted that a further 'one or two' players have picked up injuries over the past week, causing them to be a doubt for the visit of City on Saturday. He added: "I don't think any of the players who missed last weekend will be back on Saturday. We've also got one or two other injuries at the moment. We seem to be having so much bad luck lately. "It's a shame because you want to give the U23s players experience and now you can bring five players off the bench. It'll be a tough few weeks coming up but if we perform like we did in the second half at Blackpool when we were excellent then we might get something on Saturday." BerkshireLive will have full coverage of Reading against Cardiff on Saturday afternoon. Our build-up starts at 12pm and kick-off is at 3pm. READ NEXT Paul Ince issues update on Reading's pursuit of Naby Sarr Ovie Ejaria sent strong Reading message after John Swift's exit Latest Reading injury updates and team news ahead of Cardiff clash Reading U21s fixtures released for new season as Noel Hunt's side start at Sheffield United Tottenham striker in line for Cardiff debut against Reading
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