It's been a good while now since we've seen Paul McShane in a Reading lineup and even longer since Stephen Quinn appeared on a team sheet. Despite our success this season, you reason that things might be even better had we been able to call on the duo but as it is, we're now left just hoping they might be fit for the final days of the campaign.
A few weeks back it did seem as if both would be able to return for the Easter weekend, only for McShane to suffer a setback with a hamstring problem, and Quinn's other knee to flare up just as a long-standing issue with the other had seemed to clear up.
So, will either be fit for our final three games plus play-offs? Here's what Jaap Stam's had to say on the pair in his weekly media briefing. With quotes taken from the Reading Chronicle's Courtney Friday.
JS "Quinn has been training with the squad, hopefully he can join before the season is over." #readingfc— Courtney Friday (@ChronCourtney) April 20, 2017
So good news on the Quinn front, yet what about the Reading Captain?
JS on any fresh injuries " everyone is fine, McShane is getting there but he will be fit before the end of the season" #readingfc— Courtney Friday (@ChronCourtney) April 20, 2017
That's what we like to hear! At times in the past few weeks you really do feel that we've been missing some leadership at key moments, something that's going to be vital in a play-off campaign. Fingers crossed, McShane should be able to bring that if he's fully fit and raring to go.
The Reading boss has also given a couple of updates on some other injured players, noting that Sandro Wieser has been dealing with a number of injuries that have kept him from joining in with the first team squad.
Elsewhere Joey van den Berg is also reportedly getting close to joining in with full training.
So there we have it folks, some cautiously good news from the gaffer but would you throw any of them into the lineup, or stick with the team that's got us up to third in recent weeks?