Royals News Bites - 16th April

Mike Hewitt

A really brief look at the press stories in the aftermath of Monday's draw with Leicester

Injury update – Reading Official Site

Nigel Adkins is unclear how bad the calf injury is that forced Jordan Obita off against Leicester. He also explains Danny Williams' recent injury meant he could only keep up with the defensive pace of the game for 60 minutes, which is the reason he was subbed so early in the second half. Adkins goes on to admit Garath McCleary is not fully fit but is essential to the team, so cannot be allowed the 2 or 3 weeks he needs to let his injury fully recover. Hope Akpan is back in light training after his injury, but Adkins hints its unlikely he will be available for Friday’s game with Wigan. Danny Guthrie remains out.

Adkins: A good point - Reading Official Site

Nigel Adkins says picking up a point and staying in the play-offs is important as it puts our fate in our hands. He adds that we changed our shape to contain Leicester, and he was pleased with our "passion, hunger and grit" throughout the game. He also says he was annoyed at the poor throw in that made Mikele Leigertwood commit to the challenge that brought him his second yellow card.

Penalty decision was key  – Reading Chronicle

Nigel Adkins shares his frustrations on a clear handball by Dean Hammond being missed by the referee and linesman against Leicester, particularly as it stopped Pog getting his head on the ball at the back post. With the score 1-0 to Reading at the time, Adkins says a penalty to us would have given the game a completely different complexion.

Ledge feels hard done-by– Get Reading

The midfielder questions whether his first yellow card against Leicester should have been given, saying many of their players got away with a couple of tackles, yet he was booked for his first. After returning to first team action following a year out, Ledge says he is disappointed to have to sit out a game now, but will work hard to get himself "right" for Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

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