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Fed's express flight from Down Under for Royals

Reading boss Brian McDermott didn’t mind if his international players were caught napping last week – he wanted them to recover from long journeys home in time for this weekend's clash with Burnley.

Kaspars Gorkss, Simon Church, Mikele Leigertwood and goalkeeper Adam Federici (pictured) all made the 230-mile trip from Reading to Lancashire on Friday after midweek flights as they returned from international duty.

Worst hit was Federici, who made two appearances for Australia before making the 22-hour trip home. He kept clean sheets in a friendly against Malaysia in Canberra and then a World Cup qualifier against Oman in Sydney on Tuesday – which Australia won 3-0.

McDermott said: “Federici is used to doing this trip. He knows all about jet lag and has got it very well planned. He slept for nine hours on Wednesday night then trained on Thursday morning.

'He will be ready'

"The plan was to sleep for another nine hours on Thursday afternoon, train Friday and have a normal night's sleep last night. He will be ready for the game."

Leigertwood spent 13 hours flying home from Antigua's game in Curacao, Church flew in from Bulgaria, where he made a substitute appearance for Wales, and Gorkss skippered Latvia, who lost at home to Croatia.

Church said: “There’s a little bit of tiredness but I will get it out of my system in training.” Leigertwood added: “I’m a bit tired but I have had a couple of days to recover.”

"You have to take jet lag seriously,” added McDermott. "I remember our former USA international Bobby Convey travelled all over the place and always used to take his pillow with him.”

Injured winger Jimmy Kebe is back in training, but was not included in the starting line-up at Burnley after a three-week abscence.

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