By FRANCO PANIZO
The target date for Danny Williams’ Reading return has been set. It is just not any time soon.
Williams is hoping that by November he will be fully recovered from the knee injury that he sustained in March while playing for the U.S. Men’s National Team. The 25-year-old Williams had surgery on the knee in July and has yet to play for Reading as a result. The injury also cost him a chance to compete for a World Cup roster spot.
“I did everything to avoid surgery in the summer,” Williams told GetReading.co.uk on Thursday. “I had special treatment but then it started to swell up again after games or tough sessions, so I decided to have the operation. It’s frustrating. I’ve always said it’s the worst thing when I can’t help the team. But my knee is getting better, and I’m getting stronger.
“Hopefully I’ll be running again soon and could be back training by the start of November.”
Williams is just one of a handful of Reading players currently on the shelves, which is part of the reason why the club has sputtered to a 2-2-1 record that has them in 15th place in the Championship.
Last season, Williams enjoyed a strong debut campaign for a Royals side that missed out on a chance to qualify for promotion to the Premiership by one point. He started 24 of the 30 league matches he played in, and contributed with three goals.
Williams has 13 appearances for the U.S. since 2011. He last played under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in March’s 2-0 loss to Ukraine, coming off the bench for the final 10 minutes of that friendly.
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