Whits Aims To Scale Heights After Career Low

Last updated : 02 October 2002 By Rob Cooper

Adie Whitbread
Adie Whitbread
He may not have played for the team for eleven months but Adie Whitbread is now well on the road to recovery. The centre-back last week returned to training, aiming to make a speedy return to action.

"I have really stepped it up in the last week," admitted Whitbread, speaking to Teamtalk.com. "But I am taking each day as it comes."

The former Portsmouth centre-back suffered a serious knee injury last November, keeping him out for the rest of the season. After battling back ready for pre-season training Adie broke down with an injury to his other knee.

He added: "I have my own targets, but nothing definite. I don't want to disappoint myself, especially after last time. I'm just taking it steadily, although I would like to be back playing some time next month.

"The most frustrating bit for me was when I came back from damaging the other knee."

When hearing in the summer that his plans for a return to action were put on hold Whits admits that his morale was at an all time low.

"I had worked really hard to get back, but then I had the disappointment of breaking down again. That was definitely the lowest I have felt in my career."

Meanwhile, fellow injury long-term victim Bas Savage has provisionally pencilled in April for his return to action.

The former Walton & Hersham player has not played a competitive game for the Royals since the last day of last season having broken down with a cruciate ligament injury in a pre-season friendly.

Reading's game with Crystal Palace, scheduled for Saturday 12th October, has been rescheduled due to international call-ups. The Selhurst Park based side will now play host to the Royals on Tuesday 26th November, kick off 8pm.