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Reading FC Injury Update Post-MK Dons

We round-up the fitness-related news coming out of Hogwood after last night's cup win.

Reading v Crystal Palace - The Emirates FA Cup Sixth Round Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images

It may have taken them till a penalty shootout, but Reading managed to get past MK Dons in the second round of the League Cup on Tuesday night. However, despite the result, a variety of injury/fitness problems reared their ugly heads. And, now that the proverbial dust has settled, we have some more information to go on.

The main worries

Both Deniss Rakels and Liam Kelly were stretchered off on Tuesday night - Rakels in the first half, Kelly in the second. The Latvian forward looks like being ruled out for quite some time...

Whereas our dimunitive Irish youngster's immediate future is harder to assess. Having gone in for an aerial challenge with Jake Cooper, he got a cut to the face, and potentially concussion. He'll be tested once more on Friday.

Other news out of the Dons match... much more positive! Defenders Tennai Watson and Liam Moore both suffered from cramp on Tuesday night, but haven't suffered anything more major. That means they should both be fine for the trip to Cardiff City on Saturday.

It's less positive news for centre half Jake Cooper...

Crocker has since said that Cooper's ankle injury is likely to prevent him from making the trip to South Wales.


New signing Tyler Blackett is fit and raring to go, so is available for immediate selection. Similarly, despite a 'small injury', Tariqe Fosu is back in training.

However, Yakou Meite could be out for a short while with an ankle injury.

All the info in this article comes from @TomJCrocker on Twitter.