Rather quietly the injury list at Reading has been slowly growing as the season has worn on. Initially restricted to Dominic Samuel, the list swelled to include Anton Ferdinand, Jonathan Bond, Matej Vydra, Hal Robson-Kanu and Stephen Quinn. While Vydra made his return at Rotherham, there was bleaker news with regard to Quinn and Robson-Kanu who Get Reading report will be out until the new year.
Stephen Quinn had an operation today. Out until January. HRK also out for 6-8 weeks. #readingfc— Reading FC News (@getreadingfc) October 20, 2015
While Robson-Kanu has always been a divisive figure, he was showing some good form before the International break and set up goals in the win over Middlesbrough and Burnley. Sadly he picked up an ankle knock while with Wales and the fact he was in a walking boot at full-time of their win over Andorra didn't send the best of signals back to Berkshire. Now it seems the winger will miss at least six weeks of action, putting him in line for a possible return against QPR on December 3rd or Preston on the 12th.
The news for Quinn is even worse as the midfielder is expected to miss the rest of the year. It's not clear exactly where the problem is with the former Hull midfielder but Clarke had remarked before the Middlesbrough win that Quinn had been dealing with an injury for two or three games prior. If he is out until January that means he'll miss at least 12 games, a big blow for someone who was averaging 6.6/10 in our player ratings this season, behind only four others.
If there is a positive to be had from this news it's that the squad should be deep enough to cope. Ola John and Paolo Hurtado both came to the club with good reputations while young wingers Tariqe Fosu and Jack Stacey also have plenty of promise. Similarly the centre of the midfield looks well stocked right now with Danny Williams, Aaron Tshibola and Oliver Norwood all playing well, while Alex Fernandez also has plenty of senior experience and will be keen to make an impression.
So how much of a blow will this news be folks? Let us know your thoughts below.