Foz Sidelined By Injury Recurrance

Last updated : 31 January 2004 By Rob Cooper
Thirty-year-old centre-forward Nicky Forster will miss next weekend's game against Rotherham United, it has been revealed.

The livewire striker, who only recently recovered from his latest fitness worry, has been struck down by an abdominal injury. However, with Shaun Goater in flying form, one must wonder if the Royals will really miss their Player of the Year next weekend.

Fans were shocked to see Fozzy not even command a place on the bench for today's game, prompting vicious rumours to circulate on the concourses that the ex-England under 21 international was set to complete a move to Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth.

Whilst Pompey would surely love a player of Forster's pedigree, Steve Coppell dispelled the fears of the supporters, revealing that his frontman will be going nowhere.

Indeed, physio Jon Fearn went onto reveal the extent of the vital striker's injury.

"He's not 100% so we're going to take some time to make sure he is. We think it’s probably wise to leave it for the Rotherham game because then in total he'll have three weeks rest from now," explained Fearn to the official site.

The Royals will hope to have Forster back for their game against Gillingham in three weeks time whilst supporters will just be hoping that Fozzy is still a Reading man at 5pm on Monday.
Despite continuing rumours which this evening suggest that Forster and Sidwell will be completing a £3m move to Charlton before the close of the transfer window, Reading MAD are convinced the duo are going no-where.