Jem aims to star for Reading FC at ChristmasBy Jonny Fordham
November 09, 2012
Jem Karacan is hoping to deliver an early Christmas present to Reading fans and be back on the pitch for the start of December.
Karacan is halfway through rehab on his injured knee and is expected to start running again next week after a programme of weight training in the gym.
It looks as if the games this month will be out of his reach, but a return for the seven fixtures over the festive period is his goal.
The 23-year-old said: “I’m in the third week now and I’m doing more and more work in the gym.
“It’s mainly been weights and just trying to get a bit more strength in my leg ready for when I do start running.
“I’m hoping it will only be another two to three more weeks, but it depends how sturdy it is and if the physios let me get back out there.
“It’s frustrating, especially after being out over the summer. It’s the worst feeling in the world being injured.
“Without telling the physios too much, I’ve been testing it a bit and it does feel well, but I think it will be another few days before I can run.”
Karacan was at Loftus Road and sat with the travelling supporters to watch Reading’s 1-1 draw against Queens Park Rangers last Sunday.
Desperate to see his team-mates register their first Premier League victory of the campaign, the dynamic midfielder will be there at Madejski Stadium tomorrow to watch Royals take on Norwich City (3pm kick-off).
And he predicts that a win is just around the corner.
He added: “We have a massive game against Norwich tomorrow where we will have everyone behind us.
“They had a great result at Arsenal and have now got seven out of nine points, but that shows how it can change in this league.
“If we can get that win against them then we can push on and it will be a massive boost.”
Reading's postponed game at Sunderland has been rearranged for Tuesday, December 11 (7.45pm kick-off).
Royals will now play seven games during the final month of 2012.
Manager Brian McDermott said: “We’re fine with that. We will fly up and then drive home.”