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Reading boss welcomes return of African players

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.

Coppell says:

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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