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McCleary fit for Cardiff

The star winger told GetReading he's fit for the Cardiff game on Friday.

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Jamaican speedster Garath McCleary has spoken to GetReading reporter Charles Watts, saying that he's ready and raring to go for the game in Cardiff after being declared fit.

McCleary has played two behind-closed-doors friendlies (completing 45 then 70 minutes) during the international break, and having come through unscathed has been given the all clear to face Cardiff.

He hasn't played a game for the Royals since the 2-2 draw against Burnley on the final game of the 2013/14 season.

He told GetReading:

"I'm fit and ready.

"It was good to get the two games in. I came through them unscathed so hopefully I'm in contention for Cardiff on Friday.

"If selected, either from the bench or in the starting line-up, I will give my all.

"It's not been easy.

"All I've wanted to do is get back out there and play football.

"It's something I've always done, so to not be able to do it for six months has been horrible.

"But I'm back now and I will do everything I can to help get this team up the table."

McCleary contributed five goals and 15 assists from the wing last season, and he's hoping he can return to the fold in the same sort of form that saw him become a key player for Nigel Adkins' side.

"I just hope I can come back and give similar performances to the ones at the end of last season."

"I wanted to play before I got the all clear.

"But without knowing 100 per cent that everything was okay, I would still have had the worry in the back of my mind that a jolt could give me a problem at any point.

"To have the all clear means I can go into the games with 100-per-cent focus and not have to worry about my back one bit.

"It's great to know there isn't a problem any more and the fracture is completely healed."

Meanwhile, stand-in skipper Chris Gunter has hailed McCleary's impact and hopes his return will give the dejected Royals a boost.

He told GetReading:

"It'll be great to see him back.

"I know he's been gutted to miss the first part of the season.

"We've had a boost on the training ground in recent weeks because we've had people like Anton Ferdinand and Danny Williams come back in the group.

"So to get Garath back as well now will be good for us. You don't need me to tell you how good a player he is.

"The sooner he can come back firing, the better it will be for us."

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