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Injured Stars Close in on Returns

Potential light at the end of the tunnel for Reading with key players moving closer to a return.

Ben Hoskins

Reading today made a major step in their ongoing battle with the injury juggernaut that has towered over the club for much of the last twelve months. As Charles Watts has reported on Twitter, the first-team quartet of Danny Williams, Garath McCleary, Danny Guthrie and Anton Ferdinand all played 45 minutes at Reading's training ground. As for a potential timeframe, Danny Guthrie could be in the match day squad to face Blackpool, whereas the others aren't too far away from also being involved.

Danny Guthrie is indeed the only one of those four to have been involved at all during this campaign. As for the others, Danny Williams hasn't played since firing Reading to a 1-0 win at Charlton in April, Garath McCleary finished last season with a broken back and has been recovering since, and Anton Ferdinand pre-empted his role in the injury crisis by being injured when he arrived in the summer.

The club have also confirmed that striker Glenn Murray played today, and should be available to face Blackpool on Saturday.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Striker <a href="https://twitter.com/GM_83">@GM_83</a> also returned to the training ground and is expected to be available for Saturday&#39;s game.</p>&mdash; Reading FC (@ReadingFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReadingFC/status/525326112684269568">October 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Naturally, much of the reaction on Twitter has been positive...

...but we at the Tilehurst End always have time for some healthy cynicism.