Manchester City doubt for Reading FC and FA Cup starBy Jonny Fordham
March 10, 2011
Reading’s FA Cup hero and player of the fifth round Matt Mills is fighting a race against time to face his former club Manchester City on Sunday (live on ESPN, 4.45pm kick-off).
Mills, who followed in the footsteps of Adam Federici by picking up the award after being voted the star performer by fans nationally, has a groin injury that has cast a black cloud over his chances of playing.
However, manager Brian McDermott has given the squad two days off after Tuesday night’s 3-1 win at Ipswich Town to rest up before their huge tie.
And Mills is keeping his hopes up of leading out his men at Eastlands after his heroics at Goodison Park that led to his personal achievement.
Speaking about the accolade to the Reading Post he said: “I didn’t really know much about it until other people mentioned it.
“My mum told me and she said that she had been getting all her friends and the rest of the family to vote and I know some of the lads were spreading the word as well.”
Alex McCarthy was also in the running to scoop the prize after his Goodison clean-sheet.
On Tuesday night he played behind a back four with a combined age of 130-years-old after Mills limped off and the creaking rearguard will have to be on top form to deny the likes of Carlos Tevez and company on Sunday.
“It’s great to be nominated alongside Alex McCarthy,” added Mills.
“He was brilliant against Everton and made some outstanding saves to keep a clean sheet and help us get into the next round to face City.”