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Football League World’s Reading fan pundit Nathan Cole has given his thoughts on Lucas Joao’s return to full fitness, after the striker made his return from injury against Wigan Athletic last weekend.
The former Sheffield Wednesday striker made his first appearance since recovering from the injury that has kept him out of action since mid October.
The Portuguese forward has seen much of his time at the Madejski Stadium disrupted so far, and as a result the summer signing has only played a part in 11 games for the Royals so far, netting just one goal in the process.
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Given the striker’s timely return to first team action, it seemed like a good time to catch up with Cole to ask for his thoughts on Joao’s return to full fitness.
Here is what our Reading fan pundit had to say:
“It is important to have Lucas Joao back fit as he is a different striker to the other ones that we have in our squad.
“The timing could not have been better to be honest.
“Joao only made his return from injury this weekend at Wigan on Saturday, he was introduced for the last 30 minutes and did did well to assist Puscas for his second goal of the game and overall put in a good performance.”
The Reading fan then outlined what the striker brings to the table in terms of his strengths as a striker, with Cole saying:
“His main strengths are that he can hold up the ball and bring our attacking midfielders into the game.
“Plus he can also run in behind opposition defenders when given the opportunity but he is mostly adept at playing as a target man and holding up the ball.
“When all our strikers are all available, I would say Joao would be third choice behind Puscas and Baldock but probably will start more games in the coming months, with there being a lot of fixtures in around the Christmas period.”
Joao’s return to the first team fold will certainly be a welcome boost for Mark Bowen, with the Reading manager seeking to push his side higher up the table in the coming months as the season approaches it’s halfway stage.