Saturday, 21 April 2018

Injury prevention is key to success

INJURIES are part and parcel of life at any football club, but the length of Reading’s current casualty list is unusual. After six games of this season they now have nearly a dozen players crocked.

These players aren’t just peripheral squad players but all who could reasonably expect to start in the first team. Every game another one bites the dust. Shaun Cummings took just 20 seconds to pick up an injury in the Capital One Cup win at Scunthorpe.

Jordan Obita, Michael Hector and Aaron Tshibola took a little longer to come a cropper in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest. Pavel Pogrebnyak hobbled off at the end of the Huddersfield defeat. And so the list goes on.

The irony is of all the managers in the Football League, Nigel Adkins is the best qualified to first prevent, and if required cure, injuries.

He trained as a physio and before taking over as manager at Scunthorpe was doing the physio’s job. It was an unusual route into management.

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