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Royal Roundup - September 30

Injury news, fan backing, loan reports and more - here's the Reading FC stories you've been reading over the past week or so.

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Vydra and Quinn out until after international break – TTE

TTE summarises Steve Clarke’s injury update. Matej Vydra is sidelined with a knee injury, whilst Stephen Quinn has a knock that requires a prolonged rest.

The importance of the Reading fans – Official Site

Steve Clarke speaks about how he feels the fans are much more on side with the team this year, and the feelings of ‘doom and gloom’ have vanished. He says he has been to the Madejski stadium with other teams, and when our fans get behind the team, it is a really difficult place to come, and feels we are getting closer and closer to recreating this.

Nick Blackman – time for our humble pie? – TTE

This great piece summarise's Nick Blackmans torrid time in his first few season at Reading, links through to a heated debate many Reading fans had a heated debate with each other on the TTE when a TTE pre-season poll saw 56% of fans say he had no future at the club, and dubs the Brentford away game this season as Blackman’s turning point. Do you agree with TTE that we shouldn’t speak too soon about this new version of Nick Blackman, or will the frontman never look back?

The new and improved Reading – Get Reading

Strength in depth and new players, the calmness and experience of Paul McShane at the back, scintillating form of Nick Blackman and tactics of Steve Clarke are the factors Charles Watts highlights as the keys to our success so far this season in a great analysis on Get Reading.

Orlando Sa and Nick Blackman nominated for Championship player of the month – TTE

It's not just Reading fans getting excited about our start to the season. The PFA have picked out a pair of Royals players to feature in their Championship Player of the Month vote.

It’ll be a dogfight to get promoted – Official Site

Club captain Paul McShane explains every club at the top of Championship thinks they can get promoted, and it’s a ‘dogfight’ to do so.

Loan report – TTE

A really interesting read and good way to find out how the future stars of Reading are doing out on loan; see how youngsters Craig Tanner, George Legg, Rob Dickie, Lewis Collins, and Aaron Kuhl are faring at clubs across England and Scotland, and also how academy graduate Jake Taylor is getting on at Motherwell. What’s great about this piece is the selection of comments from these players’ new team mates and fans of their new clubs on Twitter, as alongside the stats it gives some perspective of how well they are really doing.

Lucas Piazon Speaks – Get Reading

After scoring against Burnley on Saturday, Lucas Piazon discusses his first goal in English football and the contributions of his team mates, and also sets his sights on what else he wants to achieve this season.

Dodgy Bond and Al-Habsi? – Reading Chronicle

Steve Clarke again stands by his goalkeepers but admits their concentration may be the reason that mistakes are happening.

Those are just some of the articles we've picked out that caught our eye this week, but if there's something we've missed then why not drop a comment below?