Forgotten Reading duo Joseph Mendes and Callum Harriott have returned to action following long injury lay-offs for the club’s Under-23 side in their 2-0 Premier League 2 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Adams Park.

French forward Mendes has been plagued with injuries since joining The Royals back in summer 2016 and has not represented the club at first team level since late last August while teammate Harriott has been sidelined for  14 months after sustaining a troublesome hamstring problem which required surgery.

Reading’s official club sources have reported that both players featured for the Under-23s in their home victory over West Bromwich Albion this evening with Mendes playing the first half and Harriott being fielded for 32 minutes of the match. Both players will need more time to build up their fitness before pushing for first team places but the run-outs at Adams Park will have at least handed Reading a boost.

Mendes has managed just 20 first team outings for The Royals in over 18 months with the club while he has contributed three goals. Teammate Harriott moved to The Madejski Stadium just a month after Mendes and the former Charlton Athletic apprentice made just a handful of outings for the club before suffering his disastrous injury blow.

Reading’s two goals against West Bromwich Albion came in the second half of the match with Jake Sheppard and Tyler Frost getting on the scoresheet.

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