A Royal Affair: Newsround 2

15 01 2007

In continuing with our revamp Royal Affair story, we are now posting a regular ‘newsround’ column that should add some more background and interest to the Reading story.

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Newsround: 16th November 2006

Star keeper ‘out for rest of the year’

Reading’s hopes for a high Premiership place have been dealt a huge blow following the revelation that star goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is unlikely to feature again this year for the Royals after straining his knee ligaments. The American shotstopper, who has kept seven clean sheets this season and has won praise for his outstanding appearances, is likely to be out of action for two months. The keepers injury came as a shock to the club just two days before the Royals return to action with a tough clash against Chelsea, and it is believed that young Graham Stack will fill in for Hahnemann until his return.

Reading’s manager admitted the club were devasted to lose the goalkeeper. “Marcus is a great player. He’s probably one of the best shot stoppers in the league, and we’re going to really miss him.”

As to how the club perform while he is away, the boss says he isn’t too worried. “We have a good team here, and I am sure Graham can fill Marcus’ gloves. But we will certainly miss him.”

The club hope Marcus will return to training in mid January, although it is unlikely that he will play again until February, which means the goalkeeper is likely to miss at least 15 games, including fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester United. The club have not confirmed or denied reports that they could bring in another goalkeeper in the January market, but it looks as though Graham Stack will be given the chance to impress in the remaining fixtures.

Hleb set to move

Reading have confirmed that Vyacheslav Hleb will join the club in January for £275,000. As we reported in the last update, Hleb had been linked to the club, and it has now emerged that the player has signed a contract which will see the attacking midfielder move to the club in the transfer market. Hleb, 23, has scored nine goals this season for his club, and his arrival will give the club more options in midfield.

Former Tottenham midfielder linked with club

Former Spurs midfielder Hossam Ghali has been linked with a move to Reading. Ghali, who last week left Tottenham ‘by mutual consent’, has been contacted by the club this week. The reasons for Ghali’s departure have not been revealed, but the defensive midfielder, 24, has admitted that he would love to get back into action as soon as possible. With the player available for free, it seems as though the Egyptian could be making a move to the Madejski Stadium quite soon.

Chelsea up next

Reading take on Premiership giants Chelsea in two days time, and the players say they can’t wait to test themselves against the big names of the Blues. Jose Mourinho is expected to field a full strength squad as Chelsea look to extend their winning run in the Premiership.

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