Reading FC's squad is big. There is quality littered throughout it and none of us really know what the starting XI will be from game to game.
Me trying to work out the #readingfc starting XI for tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/eHnbMfxZuw— Darren Henwood (@DazzaHendo) February 3, 2017
Our job — and Jaap's — will be easier for the near future, though, as a host of first team players are out injured and unlikely to return for impending fixtures.
Tom Crocker, Sports Reporter for Wokingham Sport, tweeted the following:
Ilori (knee), McShane (calf), JVDB (hamstring), Quinn (knee), Rakels (ankle) & Harriott (hamstring) all still out.McShane closest #ReadingFC— Tom Crocker (@TomJCrocker) February 8, 2017
McShane set to miss "a couple of games". The rest still a few weeks away from being ready for the first team #ReadingFC— Tom Crocker (@TomJCrocker) February 8, 2017
Paul McShane is the closest to returning, and if we extrapolate "a couple of games", we can estimate that the captain could return to the side for the away fixture against Huddersfield Town on February 21.
Ilori, Van den Berg, Quinn, Rakels and Harriott, however, are out for the foreseeable future. Which would be bad news, if it weren't for the fact that this current Reading squad is one of the best we've had in recent years.