Paul Ince admits Reading may need to rely on younger players amid injury crisis

Paul Ince admits he may need to rely on some younger players in his squad as his Reading[1] FC side prepare for a tense final few weeks of the Championship[2] season. After a 1-1 draw against Hull City[3] at home on Saturday, Royals are currently 18th in the table with 45 points to their name heading into the March international break. Although they are currently nine points above the relegation zone, the threat of a six-point deduction for the Berkshire[4] side continues to linger on in the background, with the club anxiously awaiting the EFL's decision on the matter.

READ MORE: Former Reading FC loanee agrees with Liam Rosenior over 'blatant mistake' in Hull City draw[5] Losing six points would see the Royals drop down to just one place and three points above the bottom three with eight games left to play. An injury crisis doesn't help either, with Reading set to be without the likes of Liam Moore and Tom McIntyre for the rest of the season after the defensive duo were forced off in the first-half against Hull.

Shane Long is also likely to be out for the rest of the campaign after the striker sustained a nerve injury in the defeat against Blackburn in midweek. Ince had to call upon experienced centre-back Scott Dann and 23-year-old Nesta Guinness-Walker from the bench in the first half against the Tigers on Saturday, with the Reading boss insisting he will need all of those fit and able, including Royals youngsters, to be ready to play their part in the final stage of the campaign. "I was a bit concerned with Dannsy [Scott Dann]," Ince admitted to Berkshire Live. "When we did it last year at Stoke, he did his hamstring after about 20 seconds.

But he has built a base after his injuries, training every day, training every week and and he is at a place where he can make an impact. "We know that, he is a leader Dannsy, he talks and that's what we need. We are a quiet team and we need more of them.

He is a leader, and so is Liam Moore. Nesta [Guinness-Walker], he is young, he doesn't need to warm up as much, he just needs to go on and get on with it at that age. "But it is all hands to the pump.

Everyone is going to be needed. Even the kids will get their chance in these next few weeks, because we will need everybody to play their part. The important thing was getting a point, we needed that, and we will take that."



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