Reading striker Matej Vydra returned to Watford’s training ground at London Colney this morning to receive treatment from the club’s medical team.
The Czech forward, who is on a season-long loan at Reading, asked senior figures at the club if he could return for treatment on a hamstring problem that has kept him out of Reading’ last two matches and they sanctioned his request. He has not featured for the Royals since coming on as a 59th-minute substitute in the 3-1 FA Cup win over West Bromwich Albion. The request stemmed from a call by Ondrej Chovanec, Vydra’s agent, to Gino Pozzo.
There is no chance of Vydra resurrecting his Watford career, at least this season, anyway, as he’s not been named in the Premier League squad. However, it is a sign of the confidence Vydra has in the club’s medical staff, led by head of medical Richard Collinge, that he feels the facility at UCL provides him with the best chance of getting fit. Watford, at the last count, were top of the Premier League injury table in terms of fewest training days missed.
Steven Finn also used the facility in October to recover from a stress fracture to his left foot. The club’s upgraded facilities includes a state of the art anti-gravity treadmill. Reading’s medical department was overhauled in the summer when former Watford physio Luke Anthony was relieved of his role as head physio.
Vydra, 23, has not set the world alight since choosing to join Reading over Fulham and Brighton. He took seven games to get off the mark and only has eight goals in 27 games, with three of those coming in one game against Huddersfield. Reading have won 27 per cent of their games with Vydra in the side this season yet have a better win ratio (50 per cent) when he isn’t playing.
As we exclusively reported in August, Watford received a £2.5m loan fee for the striker, who scored 16 goals last season, and negotiated a £10m buy-out option should Reading get promoted. Vydra has four more years left on his contract at Vicarage Road.
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