Date: 11th January 2015 at 10:03pm
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Paris Cowan-Hall and Angel Martinez have both been ruled out for a few weeks with injury, but it’s expected they will be back in training before the end of the month.

Both players’ injuries were announced ahead of the game against Blackpool yesterday, and both injuries were unfortunately picked up during training.

Cowan-Hall missed Blackpool and will miss the Ipswich Town game with his injury, and he was cup tied for the Bradford replay anyway. It’s hoped he will be back for the rearranged Reading fixture.

Manager Ian Holloway explained ahead of the game.

‘It’s a blow for Paris because he was eager to get out there and make his debut. He has looked very sharp in training so I’m disappointed for him and for us. It’s nothing other than bad luck but thankfully it shouldn’t be a long one and we can look forward to having him back sooner rather than later.’

He picked up his knock in a collision with a team mate.

As for Martinez, he was looking forward to his Blackpool return, having spent three years with the club, but he too is expected to be back in training before the end of the month.

Physio Bobby Bacic explained about both.

‘We have picked up two short term injuries in training this week. Paris Cowan-Hall was involved in a collision which has left him with a torn muscle in his calf. It’s always a worry when a new player joins in training as they adjust to a number of factors, including the intensity and pace of training – and which of their new colleagues to avoid tackling! Any new player is usually trying a little harder to impress their new manager and team mates.’

Bacic references a few seasons ago when Josh McQuoid picked up a knock after colliding with Danny Shittu.

As for Martinez.

‘He’s picked up a mild quad strain, but we expect both Angel and Paris to return to training before the end of this month.’

As for longer term injured Carlos Edwards and Nicky Bailey, Bacic explained they had spent the last week at St George’s Park, and Bailey has been working on his strength and endurance in both calves, and he has a ‘battery of tests’ lined up that he needs to pass before he’s allowed back into training given the calf problems he’s had.

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