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Reading FC suffer crushing blow ahead of huge clash with Leeds United



Reading will be without Jordan Obita for the remainder of the Sky Bet Championship season, after the defender was forced to have reconstructive knee surgery, reports the Reading Chronicle.

Obita suffered the injury in last month’s 1-1 draw with Hull City at the Madejski Stadium, after crashing into advertising boards, which left him in obvious pain.

Having assessed the damage, Reading have now confirmed that Obita has undergone reconstructive surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament, which will rule him out for the remainder of the Championship season.

The 23-year-old, who has spent his entire professional career on Reading’s books, managed to make just three appearances across all competitions this season before his injury, with only two of those coming in the Championship.

Obita now joins the likes of Yann Kermorgant and John Swift, who are also out of first-team action due to injury, on the sideline.

Jaap Stam is likely to call on Tyler Blackett to replace Obita when Reading travel to Elland Road to face Leeds United this weekend.

Stam’s side are on a worrying run of form in the Championship, and enter this weekend’s fixture sitting just a single point outside the relegation zone.

Reading remained winless throughout September, losing three of their five Championship fixtures.

The Verdict  

This is a huge blow for Reading, and adds to the pressure that is growing on Jaap Stam at the Madejski Stadium.

Obita was consistently good last season for Reading as they challenged for promotion to the Premier League, and the 23-year-old’s absence makes Stam’s squad significantly weaker.

Stam’s back is really up against the wall now, and Reading are entering a crucial period on the back of some extremely disappointing news.

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