Date: 30th October 2013 at 1:04am
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Nigel Adkins has been speaking about the reason for bringing off Wayne Bridge against Millwall and his strength in depth.

The former England international was brought off in the later stages of the game against Millwall on Saturday, being replaced by Stephen Kelly. Adkins revealed that he had a minor knock on his knee, which creates further injury problems, with Billy Sharp, Alex McCarthy, Danny Williams and Royston Drenthe still on the treatment table.

Speaking to the Official Reading FC website, Adkins said: ‘We’ve had injuries, every team does and we’re not hiding away from that, but I’d like to think we’ve dealt with them well. We’ve only had one soft tissue injury which was Billy who had just come in, everyone else is a contact injury.’

‘Everyone is endeavouring to get fit, they’ll be fit when they’re fit. Wayne was feeling his knee, he wasn’t moving all that well so we kept him going for a little bit. We’ve got a good group and an international to come on in Stephen Kelly. He did well and made the impact we needed with Wayne going off.’

Having seen Stephen Kelly at left-back this season, I don’t really echo Adkins’ sentiments about his ability to play there. I would have imagined that Adkins would have wanted to get his own left back in during the transfer window, but getting a striker was enough trouble!

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