Reading striker Sam Smith is poised to make his return for the club this Saturday after recovering from a long-term injury just in time for their match against Charlton Athletic. The 25-year-old originally came through the youth system in Berkshire and made his debut in 2017.
After playing 11 matches and scoring twice, he moved on to Cambridge United, where he netted an impressive 35 goals over two seasons. This summer, he rejoined Reading on a three-year contract. He did feature in one pre-season game, even providing an assist for his former Cambridge United teammate Harvey Knibbs. Unfortunately, he sustained an injury and has been sidelined for the entire season.
However, this weekend presents a chance for his comeback as Reading faces Charlton, who are in good form. Over 2,500 Royals supporters are expected to make the trip to the Valley, but the club hasn’t won an away game in nearly a year.
Reading’s boss, Ruben Selles, shared some positive news, mentioning that both Mamadi Camara and Sam Smith are back in training and could potentially participate in the upcoming match. In the league, Reading has struggled to score goals, with only Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan contributing more than two goals in the third tier. Selles is optimistic that Smith can make a difference.
Selles said, “He should be ready to play a part in the game, whether starting or coming off the bench. We still have one more training session to go, but the final decision will be mine. Sam has experience in this category and a consistent track record of scoring goals. He’s familiar with the opponents and the stadiums. We signed him in the summer because we believed he could be a key player for us, bringing competitiveness and strength to the front line, whether as a starter or substitute. There’s no denying his ability to find the back of the net.”