Injured Murty in race to start new seasonBy Nick Ive
July 28, 2008
Graeme Murty's chances of starting the season have suffered a blow as the Reading skipper is still struggling to recover from a calf injury.
The Royals right-back picked up a slight strain during a 1-0 win against Havant and Waterlooville two weeks ago.
It was hoped he would recover in time to play his part in the club’s pre-season tour of Sweden.
However, Murty has been restricted to gym work and will not be ready for action until their final warm-up match at home to Aston Villa next Saturday.
Manager Steve Coppell said: “He won’t play on this trip which is really disappointing.
“He had a scan before he came to Sweden and it was just a Grade 1 calf strain which should have meant it would have cleared up relatively quickly with no lasting damage.
“But on his first day here he had a couple of laps round the pitch and it was obvious to all of us he wouldn’t play a part on this trip.
“With Jon Fearn (Royals’ physio) being here he’s had an awful lot of treatment and the benefit is in that I suppose.
“But I would rather have brought someone who could have played.”
Murty's absence during the Sweden trip will not stop him being available for the Championship opener with Nottingham Forest on Sunday August 10.
"I would think he'll be all right for the start of the season," said the boss. "He might even be okay by Wednesday or Thursday but it's a slow recovery.
"He has had the problem pretty much since he came back for pre-season as he's felt tight in calf. There is something not 100per cent right so we want to eradicate it now and make sure that when he comes back he's not nursing it through sessions and games."
Kevin Doyle is also struggling with a quad injury. Coppell added: "Doyler's injury is strange. To use his words he feels as if his muscles are going to explode. He just doesn't
feel as if he can push himself really hard at the moment and that's disappointing because obviously in a pre-season you want to training sessions and games.
"He has only played little bits of games and that's not satisfying, but you can't push too hard because then you have a long-term problem. We are hoping this clears up reasonably quickly."