Let's face it, events on the pitch have been pretty miserable lately and Reading's growing absentee list hasn't helped matters at all. Paul McShane & Danny Williams have been banned while Aaron Tshibola is on the long-term injured list but there is some good news to come out of Brian McDermott's weekly news conference.
Both Hal Robson-Kanu and Chris Gunter should both be fit to take part in Reading's final home game of the campaign against Preston a week on Saturday. While that's not huge news for the club itself given the fact there's little to play for, it's a relief for our Welsh supporters out there as both are key parts of Chris Coleman's side heading to France for this summer's European Championships.
Hal hasn't featured since the 1-1 draw with Cardiff on March 19th, while Gunter has been absent since hobbling off in the early stages of our 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough last week. McDermott has suggested that Saturday's trip to QPR might be too early for HRK but that Gunter should be fit to return at Loftus Road.
Gunter back for Saturday, HRK should return the following weekend. #readingfc— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) April 21, 2016
That means we might only have three more chances to see Mr Robson-Kanu in a Reading shirt, as the winger is out of contract this summer. It'll be interesting to see what kind of send-off he's given by the Reading fans, as despite being our longest serving player and an Academy graduate, he's continued to divide the fans throughout his career at the club.
Let's hope Hal has a moment of magic or two left in his Royals career and can at least sign off with a win or two.
We'll hopefully get a full update from this week's news conference with Charles Watts in the next Tilehurst End Podcast Extra.