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Average rating: 6.66 (3 appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Preston A), 2nd (QPR H), 3rd (Hull A)
Only three appearances for Ferdinand before yet another injury setback; a sad undertone to the undoubted class the centre-back has when on the pitch. Though all three matches he appeared in were losses, he was in the top three of your Man Of The Match vote for every game. With the Royals unable to keep clean sheets at the moment, inconsistency at the back can't be helping matters and it's a shame Ferdinand appears unable to stay out of the treatment room.
Average rating: 6.60 (5 appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Brentford H)
Another centre-back who didn't quite make it through the entire month unscathed, McShane missed our home loss to QPR before coming back to play in every other game. Typically a standout performer with his actions on the pitch, there's no doubting he has been a very good signing and gives his all in every game, despite Reading's lack of clean sheets recently.
Average rating: 6.33 (6 appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (QPR H), 1st (Wolves A), 3rd (Preston A)
Our winner of Player Of The Month for November, Norwood is another player who tends to impress with his passing range and his commitment to the cause. Two MOTM wins as voted by you and one of the most consistent performers all season, not only in terms of his level of play but also appearances, having only missed the Capital One Cup match against Everton all campaign.
Average rating: 7.33 (3 appearances); MOTM wins: 1st (Blackburn H), 2nd (Wolves A), 2nd (Brentford H)
Like Ferdinand, Quinn has been struggling with injury but came back towards the latter end of December to show Reading fans just what he had been missing. Only three appearances for the Irishman too, but he also stood out in every game, as reflected by his average rating and his MOTM contendership. Whilst Reading's problems weren't solely caused by his absence, he's shown just how good he is upon his return.
Those are your four nominees - get voting, and we'll reveal the results soon!
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