Reading boss Paul Ince believes a returning Liam Moore will be like a 'new player' after it was confirmed he will appear on Saturday.

After being stripped of the captaincy and cast out on loan to Stoke City last season, the 29-year-old defender has worked back from a career-threatening injury.

With over 200 club appearances to his name, the Jamaica international is to gain his first professional minutes in over eight months when he lines up against Watford on the weekend.

Yet to feature under Ince, due to his injury sustained on loan in the Potteries, the former England captain is excited to get the centre-half back on the pitch.

Reading Chronicle:

"He played 45 against West Ham last week and came out of that. He said he felt fine so he will play a part on Saturday," he confirmed to the media. "I wasn’t party to what went on before I was here and where we are as a club, we need as many players as we can get. From what I believe, when Liam Moore was playing at this club, he was a very good player and a captain, so he’s done ever so well. He had a career-threatening injury, and he wasn’t sure if he was ever going to play again.

"Credit to him, he’s been in the gym and working hard from day one to try and get some form of football going. It must be tough for any player to think their career could be coming to an end at such a young age. Looking at him training every day, he looks hungry and ready to go. Irrespective of what has gone on before, it’s like bringing in a new player."