The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND -

JOR­DAN OBITA was as sur­prised as any­one to be back in a Read­ing shirt as early as last week­end.

The 24-year-old left­back suf­fered a se­ri­ous knee in­jury on the train­ing ground in De­cem­ber and po­ten­tially faced months away from the pitch.

How­ever, af­ter a rapid re­cov­ery, Obita was in­cluded for the Roy­als’ clash with Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, help­ing them to a 1-1 draw with the pro­mo­tion con­tenders.

He played the full 90 min­utes and now the for­mer Eng­land age-group in­ter­na­tional is ea­ger to kick on.

“It was re­ally nice to be back on the pitch and to con­trib­ute to the re­sult,” said Obita.“I didn’t think I would be back this soon, if I’m hon­est.

“I was back in train­ing for just un­der a week, then played 60 min­utes for the U21s.

“Then I got the call from the man­ager to say I was play­ing against Wed­nes­day, which was great.

“It was bril­liant to get 90 min­utes un­der my belt.

“Af­ter an hour or so, the man­ager kept shout­ing across to ask if I was OK, but I just wanted to get that first game out of the way.”

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