Having not played since the last game of last season, a scan on Monday showed Garath McCleary's back injury has recovered correctly and he can now be considered for matches.
Nigel Adkins says the "the three points, a clean sheet and players returning that have been out for a long time with injury" are three positives coming from the Rotherham game. Adkins also picks up on the amount of goals we are scoring at home, with only Watford having managed more so far this season. He says this is "exciting" and pleasing to see as we want to be an "attack-minded side" at home, but we must also remain tight at the back.
Jamie Mackie just pipped Adam Federici to the player of the month award after an impressive game against Blackpool and making an impact coming off the bench at Brentford in particular.
Academy product Craig Tanner has been out since the end of August with a knee injury. It was hoped a rest period would be enough to nurse him back to fitness, but the injury won't recover and he now faces surgery, which will keep him out for the season. This is disappointing for the youngster who did very well when he came into the team at the start of the season. Keeping his spirits up is something Nigel Adkins knows will be important during his recovery period.
A buoyant Jamie Mackie says scoring goals has never been a problem collectively for the side, and if you can keep clean sheets in this league you will be up towards the play-offs. He says as a whole team, we must defend better to ensure we challenge for the top six. Mackie also discusses his personal performance, saying he is really enjoying his time at Reading and is pleased he got his first goal for the club on Tuesday – which he dedicated to his Grandmother who died just 24 hours before the match.
In memory of the Reading players killed in the First and Second World Wars, a service will be held at the players entrance at 1.45pm before the Charlton game.
Ady Williams gives his thoughts on Reading’s position at the moment. He explains how he was impressed with Adkin’s team selection against Rotherham, stating that Anton Ferdinand, Danny Williams and Stephen Kelly, along with Simon Cox and Mackie, were "excellent". He also singles out Kelly and sings his praises, saying the defender used all his experience to do the simple things well and defend, which is what the team needed. He also turns his attention to the Charlton contest, saying this will be much more difficult, but with the confidence seeping back in and more noise from the supporters, we have every chance of picking up the win.
Having not played since last season and only getting the all-clear to play again this week, Garath McCleary will probably sit out the Charlton game as he regains match fitness. Pavel Pogrebnyak has recovered from a slight knock so should make the squad, but Jem Karacan, who thought he would be back for the Charlton game, is still a few weeks away according to Nigel Adkins.