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In brief: Pre-Reading press conference

Lee Johnson met the media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

The City head coach answered questions from the local and national press along with midfielder Josh Brownhill.

Here's what they had to say:


- Johnson says he gave the players the international weekend off to rest up after a busy August

- Head coach adds that he managed to get in some family time in Portugal over the blank weekend, as soon as the transfer window had shut

- Johnson says the football club was "strong" to keep hold of Aden Flint, refusing to sell "on the cheap"

- The head coach confirms three parties wanted to take Hordur Magnusson on loan but he adds: "I didn't want Hordur to go out, he thought about it but it timed out in the end."

- Milan Djuric is continuing his groin surgery recovery in Italy

- Gary O'Neil will be absent this weekend due to a knee injury, which he has had an injection on

- Jens Hegeler is available again after an ankle injury

- Johnson describes Reading game as a "tough test"

- Referring back to the home game last season, Johnson says "we matched them for 70 minutes" but they turned the game with their bench to win 3-2. "I think we're stronger now," he adds.

- Lee Johnson says Jonathan Leko will link up with the squad for the first time on Friday

- When asked about potential new deals for Bobby Reid and Brownhill, Johnson says he is keen to retain the services of "all key players"


- Brownhill says he's enjoyed the international break after a relentless pre-season and busy August

- He says he still sees himself as a central midfielder but is happy to playing on the right side of midfield

- Brownhill feels he is revelling in that position, having scored once and providing the most assists so far

- Of Reading, Brownhill says: "We know they're a great passing team with some great players, but they're beatable."

- Manchester-born midfielder pleased to hear an away following of 3,000-plus will be heading to the Madejski Stadium this weekend

- Brownhill praises the strength of depth in City's squad