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Royals News Bites - 21st November

A pick of the best news stories from the international break.

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McCleary and Cummings ready for selection - Reading Official Site
Garath McCleary will be in the squad for Friday's game at Cardiff. He isn't in the position to play 90 minutes but will feature. Shaun Cummings may also be in the squad. Guthrie, Kuhl, Akpan, Ferdinand and Karacan are all out.

McCleary excited to be back - Reading Official Site
McCleary talks in length about his spell on the sidelines, saying every footballer hates it, but that he has had a worse injury lay-off of 6 months whilst he played for Forest, meaning he knew how to handle this and stay positive. He says the hardest thing about his injury was having to wear a back brace after surgery and being told he couldn't lift anything - not even his children!

Akpan out for 3 months - Reading Official Site
Hope Akpan was hauled off in the second half of his match for Nigeria against Congo in the week with a dislocated shoulder. He has seen a consultant and will be out for 3 months, a great shame for the midfielder who has broken into the team this year and deservedly picked up his first two caps for Nigeria. He is also likely to miss the January Africa Cup of Nations.

We're not good enough for the play-offs - Reading Chronicle
Danny Williams says the team's lack of consistency means they aren't good enough to make it to the play-offs this season. As players, he says they have to be hard on themselves and ask why it is going wrong and do better in the future. He says he came to Reading to be a winner, and it is his dream to win promotion, but when you're in the middle of the table, you're nowhere. However, he thinks the "hard-working, honest group of players" we have at the club means we can turn it around, as long as we have a good run over the Christmas period.

"A bolt out of the blue" - Stephen Kelly's thoughts on Sean Morrison leaving for Friday's opponents Cardiff - Get Reading
Stephen Kelly says the sudden sale of Sean Morrison just days after he scored for us on the opening day of the season was just as big a shock for the team as it was for the supporters. However, he says that's football and "people come and go", making the right decisions for themselves at a given moment in time. Kelly goes onto suggest that the remaining centre backs, Alex Pearce, Michael Hector, Anton Ferdinand and Jake Cooper can all play well there. 

Norwood pleased with life at Reading - Reading Post
Ollie Norwood explains how Nigel Adkins bought him with the brief to "play football" and asked him to "get on the ball and make things happen". He also says he has "settled in very well" and is enjoying it at Reading. He also discusses his partnership in the heart of the midfield with Hope Akpan and says it is exciting that Danny Williams has returned to fitness.