With Tilehurst End Podcast Extra co-host Charles Watts off celebrating the birth of his first child (with all of us here at TTE wishing to pass on our congratulations to him and his other half!) it's fallen to Get Reading's Jonathan Low to speak to Nigel Adkins ahead of this weekend's game with Fulham and sadly there seems more bad news than good on the injury front.
The bad news is that recently signed centre-back Anton Ferdinand will miss around a month with a hamstring injury, as Nigel Adkins doesn't expect the defender back before the next round of Internationals on October 6th. Joining Anton on the treatment table is Shaun Cummings, with the Royals full-back expected to miss the majority of what's left of 2014 after undergoining knee surgery.
It also looks as if we'll also be without the services of Danny Williams until late November at the earliest, with the American midfielder saying he hopes to resume training in November. Given the fact he's had no real pre-season it would be very surprising to see him back before December, as he joins Jem Karacan and Garath McCleary on the long-term injury list.
On the plus side Jonathan is reporting that Reading could have Nick Blackman and Pavel Pogrebnyak back in the squad for Saturday, with Stephen Kelly, Danny Guthrie and Hal Robson-Kanu also not far away.
Right, well here's the good news then: Blackman and Pog could make bench on Sat. Kelly Guthrie and HRK couple of weeks away. #readingfc— Jonathan Low (@jonathanl50) September 11, 2014
This news would certainly support the notion that Nigel Adkins could go into the loan market to plug some gaps, with left-back and centre-back both looking very thin on the ground past their current incumbants.
Pick up tomorrow's Reading Post for more from Jonathan and we'll of course keep you updated right here on The Tilehurst End.