Coppell tells Kitson - cheer up!
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Coppell has told injured striker Dave Kitson to stop feeling sorry for himself.
Reading manager Steve Coppell has told injured striker Dave Kitson to stop feeling sorry for himself.
Kitson has not played since the opening match of the season when he sustained an injury playing against Middlesbrough.
The 25-year-old was making good progress and was due to make a return to the first team in the near future only to suffer a hamstring injury which seems certain to rule the player out until the New Year.
The blow has been keenly felt by the disconsolate Kitson, but Coppell has urged the former Cambridge player to put his own plight in perspective.
"With all due respect he is earning a lot of money to rehabilitate. It's not going to affect him long term, is it?" said Coppell.
"It's just a test he has to go through. A lot of people are unemployed and desperate for jobs, so relatively he's doing all right.
"It's frustrating for him and the process of getting fit is fairly tedious and unfortunately he's got to go through it again. But it will make him feel stronger and fitter."