Reading manager Steve Coppell is appearing to be in a state of confidence with an aura of optimism enveloping him. Reading host high-flying and UEFA Cup hopefuls Aston Villa in the Premiership this weekend and the Royals boss is welcoming the return of several key players for the match.
After the Cup Of Nations we have a healthy squad, I think 27 people are training at the moment. That’s a reflection of us not having injuries, there’s only Glen (Little) and Bryn (Brynjar Gunnarsson) right now. I can’t ask more in that respect.
But the fact that everyone is fit doesn’t help me pick the team. The team doesn’t jump out at you.
I don’t think there have been many claims from a performance point of view, be it first team or reserves.
The reserves had a great result last week, but prior to that there haven’t been performances on a daily basis which demanded that people be playing.
It’s a hard team to pick. There will be a few disappointed but I hope that translates to determination to get in the side.
After the number of defeats we’ve had, I could fully justifiably pick any team.
An embarrassment of riches for Coppell, it seems. Yet given that Reading are actually 18th in the table and have lost their last 6 matches, you would sympathise with Coppell’s upbeat mood.
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