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Jem Karacan - 'Nobody is giving Reading a chance in hell'

2012-12-24 16:45:03

Jem Karacan made his first appearance since recovering from injury

Jem Karacan made his first appearance since suffering a knee injury which ruled him out of action Premier League action for two months.

The 23-year-old midfielder featured in the Reading side which lost 1-0 to Manchester City.

Following the game Karacan told reporters that despite being involved in a relegation battle, team morale is high and the players.

Karacan said, “People are writing us off day in, day out.

“Nobody is giving us a chance in hell but you can’t take notice of it. Everyone loves one another in that dressing room and the gaffer’s been brilliant for us.

“We showed how much quality we’ve got in the side and how much we want to stay in this league. We look around our dressing room and we have faith in each other.

"We deserved a point and that would have been unbelievable for us.

"The shape and everything was brilliant at City and I thought Pavel Pogrebnyak and Jimmy Kebe were brilliant too. It's gutting - the boys are devastated. We worked so hard for 90 minutes and we even had a couple of chances.

"I've missed playing and it’s heart-breaking when you miss a couple of months out. I miss the banter every day with the boys and sometimes you don't feel a part of it."

Karacan joined Reading in 2003 and has been with the club ever since despite short term loan moves to Millwall and Bournemouth.

The 23-year-old midfielder played an important role in Reading's promotion to the Premier League and has featured in six games this season.

Karacan is eligible to play for the Turkish national team through his Turkish father. Karacan featured heavily for Reading last season, scoring 3 goals as well as getting 3 assists in 37 games.

The Reading midfielder has represented the Turkish national team at U-21 U-19, U-18 and U-17 level.

Karacan is the third player from the Premiership to get a call up to the Turkish national team, Liverpool's Nuri Şahin and Fulham's Kerim Frei have also been represented Turkey.

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