Sidwell Ready To Go

Last updated : 27 January 2003 By Rob Cooper
Steven Sidwell
Steven Sidwell
The 20-year-old, signed from Arsenal last week, is expected to line-up in the Reading midfield when Reading take on the second-placed Foxes at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow night.

The Royals are expected to play a 4-5-1 formation with Steven Sidwell expected to situate himself just behind the front man.

The former Brentford and Brighton loanee is raring to go after playing seventy-minutes for the reserves as they were defeated by Chelsea next week.

Speaking to the ginger-haired assasin said: I am definetely available and willing to play on Tuesday. I am near enough fully fit now. I won't walk straight into the team but I want to be part of the set-up and the way the team play. So hopefully it will all be okay in my first game for Reading."

Sidwell has played First Division football already this season. A loan spell at Brighton was cut short two weeks ago so Sidwell could complete his transfer. During his time with the Seagulls the Arsenal man scored five goals in twelve appearances.

Responding to criticisms that his fitness is not what it should be he responed: "My fitness has always been there. Against Chelsea last week there were a few loose touches now and again but I feel I'm ready for the game against Leicester."