McAnuff: Reading FC have the squad to cope with injuriesBy Jonny Fordham
December 21, 2011
Jobi McAnuff believes that Reading’s current injury woes won’t weaken their side.
Royals won 1-0 at Leeds United last Saturday, despite having four of their first-team squad out injured or ill.
And Brian McDermott might have a number of selection issues at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Boxing Day (3pm kick-off) with Jimmy Kebe, Noel Hunt, Shaun Cummings and Jem Karacan all carrying knocks.
But McAnuff said: “I never feel we are weaker when we have to make changes.
“From our point of view that’s where I think we are so strong.
“If we can keep doing that then I’m sure we will have a good season.”
Royals’ captain continued: “There aren’t as many games as there normally are before Christmas so it should give us time to get some rest and do some hard work in training.
“We go into this Christmas period massively confident and have some good games coming up against teams in and around us.
“We’re always confident, whoever we’re playing. No occasion is too big for us and we seem to rise to the big games and we did that at Leeds.”
Royals play the first of three games in eight days against Brighton on Monday, before taking on Ipswich Town at home on New Year’s Eve (3pm kick-off) and then visiting Cardiff City on Monday, January 2 (3pm kick-off).
A young Reading XI lost 2-0 away to Birmingham City yesterday.
Lawson D’Ath, who made the bench for the first time in the Championship at Leeds last Saturday, was included in the side along with full-back Nick Arnold, who made his return from injury.