EXCLUSIVE - Reading FC's Kebe reveals real reason behind Posh no-show

Published: 30 Aug 2013 06:304 comments

JIMMY Kebe has lifted the lid on his controversial Peterborough United no-show - insisting he has never refused to play for Reading FC.

Fresh injury: Jimmy Kebe withdrew from Reading's Capital One Cup squad this week after tweaking his hamstring.

Fresh injury: Jimmy Kebe withdrew from Reading's Capital One Cup squad this week after tweaking his hamstring.

Kebe was the main target of boss Nigel Adkins' wrath in the aftermath of Tuesday's 6-0 hammering at League One Posh in the Capital One Cup.

Adkins claimed the 29-year-old was due to make his comeback at London Road after six months out with a groin strain, only to withdraw his services on Monday morning.

The incident clearly angered Adkins who then saw his side dismantled by Darren Ferguson's lower division opponents in Reading's heaviest defeat in 14 years.

Royals boss raged: "Jimmy was told last Friday that he was playing. He trained well on Saturday morning and left the training ground fully fit.

"The next thing at half past eight on Monday morning he declared himself unfit. Read into that what you want."

But Kebe, who is being strongly linked with a £1 million move to Crystal Palace, insists he was laid down with a fresh hamstring injury and feels he has been made a scapegoat for the team's lamentable cup defeat.

He told the Chronicle: "I trained on Saturday and tweaked my hamstring a little. I spoke with the physio and told him it was stiff and that it was better for me to stay away for a few days and probably miss Tuesday's game.

"I informed the manager about my hamstring and that I thought it was better to rest it. It's never been a big deal when I haven't played in the League Cup before, so why now?

"I told the manager I didn't think it was worth the risk now when it could make the injury worse as in a few days I would be fine."

While Adkins may have finally lost patience with Kebe, the ex-Mali winger insists he would never pull out of a fixture without a genuine excuse.

"It wasn't a good game for Reading and I feel they need to make somebody guilty for this result and maybe that's me," he suggested.

"The fans say 'Jimmy Kebe refused to play' and this sort of thing, but I would never do that.

"I've been at Reading for six years and never have I refused to play. Why would I now?

"If we had won on Tuesday night nobody would be talking about Jimmy Kebe. Unfortunately it was a horrible night."

Kebe returned to training yesterday morning and hopes to be in contention for Saturday's Championship clash at Yeovil Town (3pm ko).

"I will train and I will be available for Saturday, but I didn't make up this injury," he added. "I just thought it was stupid to take the risk on Tuesday when we have a big league game coming up at Yeovil.

"I thought it would be better I was fit for the league game as we need the points. I thought that would be better for the team.

"In my opinion it wasn't a big deal that I didn't play at Peterborough and I'm surprised this has happened."

Kebe also revealed he had been fully fit for the recent Watford and Blackpool Championship fixtures, but was overlooked by Adkins.

"I've been ready to play for two weeks now," he said. "Before the Watford game I told the manager to pick me at any time and that I was 100% fit and ready. But I wasn't picked for the Watford game nor the next game at Blackpool. I'm absolutely fine with that, it's the manager's choice. It was his call and I respect that."

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  • stonorbill
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    Aug 30, 06:59
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    well someone is not telling the truth and it needs to be sorted .A season that promised so much is becoming a farce, the new owner promised to invest in new players, yet we are approaching the end of the window and we are as we were ,not scoring and shipping in goals.

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  • Rambo1871
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    Aug 30, 09:06
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    Kebe phoned BBCRB to confirm he was fit for the Blackpool game but hadn't been picked, he was spotted at a private hospital with two guys from our sports medicine team on Sunday, etc. If he's a sick note, it's a really well crafted one that involves tricking medical professionals and scanning equipment.

    Bottom line is this has all demonstrated that Adkins is an idiot.

    He claimed he had no idea what was going on with Kebe and that he'd pulled out of the squad, when he was instructed to by the sports science/physiotherapy team. Clearly, Adkins hadn't spoken to them himself before he blasted Kebe.

    Also, Adkins claimed there were players in the Tues squad who were making their debut, unaware Jordan Obita had his debut in the same competition in 2010.

    Clearly he's a manager who knows his players well and regularly talks to the backroom staff.

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  • RFC Spin
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    Aug 30, 10:26
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    It appears that Adkins has misjudged the magnitude of the task he faces. Pre Roberts we were a mediocre Championship side who'd sold virtually all their talented players.

    If he thought, for example, Gorkks would be good squad cover at this level his judgement is questionable (reference his performances for Wolves on loan and that 'effort' at West Ham).

    You have to wonder how RFC justifty their scouting and transfer policy. Who though Gunter and Mariappa were worth a combined £5 million and who identified Blackman at £1.5 million (bearing in mind Assombalonga cost £250,000), who spotted Brett Williams (when Peterborough recruited Dwight Gayle from Stanstead), Sheppard and Joe Mills? We also spent £1.5 million on Danny Williams when a far more gifted player, Lewis McGuigan, was available on a Bosman.

    It appears our Scouting and recruitment fritter away the relatively small resources we have at our disposal.

    Well run club, eh?

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  • Thebiscuitman
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    Aug 30, 14:21
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    I think Adkins has learnt well from the top managers. If the team plays badly and gets a thumping, deflect any interviews away from the players and game and get everyone to focus on another matter. Not a lot has been said about the players lacklustre performance on Tuesday, so it seems to have worked again, doesn't it?

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