KITSON FIT FOR SPURS
July 29, 2005
The Reading striker picked up a knee injury in the Royals' 8-0 win over Holmalunds during the Royals' pre-season tour of Sweden last weekend but says he just "overstretched it".Kitson - linked with a move to Southampton as a replacement for Peter Crouch, who joined Liverpool for £7million - told Times Sport: "I'm okay and I should be all right for the Spurs game on Saturday.The first time I did my knee against QPR I knew it was serious, but on Saturday I just overstretched it.It's a testament to the work I did with Jon Fearn (physio) that it is strong enough.I am definitely aiming to be there for first Championship game at home to Plymouth (August 6)."Kevin Doyle scored a hat-trick in the demolition of Holmalunds with goals from Leroy Lita (2), Stephen Hunt, Dave Kitson and Graeme Murty.Royals boss Steve Coppell likened Reading new £1million signing Lita to Ian Wright - who gave the Arsenal legend his big break at Crystal Palace."Leroy just loves scoring goals - just like Wrighty, he would have been pig sick if he hadn't netted," said Coppell.Meanwhile, new signing Chris Makin was flown home yesterday after spending four days in hospital.
The 32-year-old, who will complete his free transfer from Derby County to Reading once he has passed a medical on a 12-month deal, was confined to bed suffering from an inflamed bowel.
He said: "It has been an absolute nightmare for me.It's the first time I have ever had anything like this. I was passing blood and it was very worrying.Something clearly wasn't right and I spent four days in hospital. But the hospital and Reading FC have been great and I am feeling a lot better now."Royals' other signing Brynjar Gunnarsson will be sidelined for up to a month with a knee injury. Gunnarsson signed last Wednesday for £200,000 on a two-year deal.
Goalkeeper Graham Stack, who arrived earlier this month on loan from Arsenal, is hoping to get the nod over Marcus Hahnemann against Spurs.
Hahnemann is due back this week after being away on international duty with the United States, who won the CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Panama on penalties on Monday night.Stack said: "I have played in all three matches here in Sweden so I hope to be involved against Spurs too.
"But there has been no indication from the manager about who will play Saturday.
"Someone is not going to be happy but we will have to respect what he decides."Coppell is still looking to strengthen his squad following Andy Hughes' £500,000 departure to Norwich City.
Hughes is one of Royals' star assets in a squad that has already been depleted by the departures of Nicky Forster, Les Ferdinand, Martin Keown, Ricky Newman, Lloyd Owusu and Paul Brooker while Dean Morgan is expected to join Luton Town.
Coppell added: "I'm sad to see Andy Hughes go - he was invaluable and could play in four different positions."But Coppell has denied reports they are looking at veteran defender Alan Stubbs, who has been released by Everton.