Kitson raring to go

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Reading striker Dave Kitson cannot wait to get back playing after an injury-ravaged start to the season.

Kitson has played just 30 minutes of competitive football since being injured against Middlesbrough on the opening day of the season.

He is nearing a return to action and is looking forward to getting back on the pitch after months out watching from the sidelines.

"In all honesty, you're there thinking 'this is the worst day of my life', it's horrible (watching), especially when Spurs came, I'm a big Spurs fan, I left at half time," Kitson explained to Sky Sports News.

"After that game I never watched Reading play in another live game just because it's horrible, it's the worst feeling in the world.

"As any footballer will tell you, if you're injured the thing that makes you miss it the most is going and watching, you just want to be out there.

"It's been a nightmare, but that said it does spur you on."

Kitson could be drafted into Steve Coppell's starting line-up against Sheffield United on Saturday, with Reading suffering a striker crisis.

Kevin Doyle will be out for at least a month with a hamstring problem and Shane Long is a doubt after picking up a knock in training.

Coppell is confident Kitson is ready to return after a run-out in a private friendly against Charlton's reserves on Tuesday.

"I see no reason why he can't start, he has been training for two-and-a-bit weeks and played 70 minutes the other day so I don't think it will be a problem for him," Coppell said.

"Just playing that friendly game gave him a boost and I have said all along that I am happy to have four forwards fighting for two positions."