Hoilett, Rinomhota and Tetek – Reading the latest news and first team news ahead of Blackpool

Reading could enter the league’s top six this week if they manage to get the upper hand over Blackpool.

The Seasiders come to Berkshire in the league for the first time in seven years and hope to make the nine-hour round trip a memorable one.

The Royals are in terrific form, however, having scored five wins in their last six games.

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It was a race that saw them progress through the division and within a touchdown distance of one place in the top six.

Boss Veljko Paunovic has hailed the return of attacking midfielder Femi Azeez in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Barnsley and is hoping for a repeat result against Blackpool.

Here’s the latest injury news and the team’s first news as the game draws closer.

Junior Hoilett – soft tissue

The Canada international was injured while on an international mission with his country last week.

It meant he was forced to miss out on the weekend’s victory over Barnsley and the weeks to come.

Speaking after the match, Paunovic said: “Junior did not participate [against Barnsley] as he was one of the international absentees, he is still being evaluated by our doctors.

“There was nothing we could do when he returned, so he will have a proper assessment on Monday.

“It’s a soft tissue injury, so it’s probably going to take some time away from the pitch, and we’ll see how long that takes.”

Probable return: Unknown

Dejan Tetek – ankle

The young Serbian missed the Cardiff match before the international break as well as the victory over Barnsley with an ankle injury.

It also meant he was due to step down from international duties last week.

However, he should not be absent for long.

Probable return: Unknown

Michael morrison

The defender was injured in the final stages of the victory at Fulham on Saturday 18 September.

Following this, Paunovic said Morrison will be out for the longer term but has not given an update since then.

The precise nature of the injury has not yet been revealed.

Probable return: Unknown

Tom Holmes – ankle

Center-back Holmes was also injured against Fulham and has not played for the team since then.

Paunovic said the academy graduate’s injury was “significant” even though he hoped to find him sooner than Morrison.

However, no timeline has been set on his recovery.

Probable return: Unknown



Reading advocate Tom Holmes

Alen Halilovic – soft tissue

Croatia striker Halilovic came out in the 1-0 defeat at Derby County and has now missed the last two matches.

He won’t be away long-term, but shouldn’t be back for at least a few weeks.

Probable return: Unknown

Andy Rinomhota – ankle

The 24-year-old has returned to training well ahead of the international break, having not played since the loss at Huddersfield in late August.

He is expected to be back soon and although he has not been in the squad of the day against Barnsley, Paunovic said there is a chance he will be part of the squad for the next game.

Paunovic said last week: “He needs time.

“We have to give ourselves time, we missed him for this match [against Barnsley] and all of September, but we work with these guys – he’s one of them – on a daily basis he could be there and maybe not for the next game, we’ll see. “

Probable return: End of October

Tom McIntyre – foot

The defender limped on the hour mark in the loss to Coventry City on Saturday August 21 and was then ruled out until later in the year.

McIntyre has a foot problem and he now wears a protective boot to help him recover.

He is expected to be out until November at the earliest.

Probable return: End of november



Reading advocate Tom McIntyre
Reading defender Tom McIntyre injured against Coventry

Lucas Joao – hip

The forward underwent surgery on his hip problem he suffered in the victory over Preston North End on the second weekend of the season.

Regarding the injury, the manager said: “It’s a long-term injury and we might have to wait until January to get it back, so it’s a big blow. He tore the hip joint. “

Losing Joao is crucial for Reading as the former Sheffield Wednesday striker scored 22 goals last season.

Probable return : 2022

Yakou Meite – knee

The Ivorian has been away for a long time after breaking his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the offseason.

He should be missing most of the season.

No deadline has been set for his return, but it will likely be spring 2022.

“He is going to be out for a long time and we will have to discuss it again in November or December to see how far he is from recovering, but it will take some time,” Paunovic said.

Probable return : 2022



Femi Azeez from Reading

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Felipe Araruna – knee

Araruna underwent surgery on his knee injury, which kept him from playing for most of last season.

The Brazilian is however back in training with the first team and getting back into shape.

Paunovic recently said: “Araruna is coming back from a long injury so now he needs to get in shape with the squad and go through a few weeks of contact training to be ready.

“It will be someone who joins the team later.”

Probable return: November

Others

Georges Puscas left just after the hour mark against Barnsley but his withdrawal was for tactical reasons.

It has been replaced by Femi Azeez, who made his first appearance for the team since August and is now in contention for a starting spot after a heated appearance.

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