Reading defender Carrico: I'm back to full fitness

The 24-year-old centre back states that he feels in prime condition following his return to action on Saturday and insists that the Royals must continue to fight for points
Reading defender Daniel Carrico has says he feels fully fit after returning to the pitch in the club's 0-0 draw against Liverpool on Saturday.

The Portuguese defender saw his first action since since January 12 as the Royals gained a point, coming on in the 58th minute for Jem Karacan.

The former Sporting Lisbon player believes he is now ready to contribute to the cause once again, and said the positive result against the Reds was a solid start.

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"Obviously, the first time I played it was on the back of a long injury," he told the club's official website. "Now, I'm feeling really fit and strong and I feel I can help my teammates. I'm happy to be back into action and to play.

"It was a tough game - Liverpool are a really good team with quality players. But we are here to get points and win games. We keep going - we got a point against a really tough opposition, so we still believe.

"Steven Gerrard is a great player but I tried my best to help my teammates get a point. We are happy, but unfortunately we couldn't win."

Carrico went on to state that Reading must continue to battle for points despite lying at the foot of the Premier League table, beginning with this weekend's trip to face Norwich.

"It's an away game, it will be difficult as it always is in the Premier League, but we still believe," he continued.

"We are in a difficult situation but we have to still believe. We have five games to go and we have to get points, get good results and keep going."