Reading midfielder Jem Karacan hopes to return from a knee injury within a month. The 23 year old has been in impressive form since regaining his place in Brian McDermott's side and also broke into the Turkey national squad this month.

He said: "I think I've opened up the medial ligaments a bit. When I did it I knew it wasn't great, but I was able to walk so I thought I could give it a go, but it was too loose.

"I'll know more this week. It's one of those things, but I've been here before. I'm hoping it won't be longer than a month.

"But I can't put any timescale on it until the scan. After breaking my ankle it's gutting - the worst runs through your mind.

"I eat, breathe and sleep football and knowing that will be taken away from me is the worst thing in the world."

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