League top scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips will stay with Plymouth Argyle after his move to Reading fell through. Wright-Phillips, who has scored 13 goals this season, saw the move fall through after failing a medical with the Berkshire club.
The former Southampton man will now stay at the club for the time being, but will not play this weekend after manager Peter Reid described the striker as “mentally not right” for the clash against Oldham. Wright-Phillips looks set be out of action for a further month following advice from a consultant but the move may still go ahead at a later date, meaning the latest football shirts news will be reporting about how Wright-Phillips may soon be in Reading colours.
“He's spoken to a consultant who has advised him that he should do a bit of rehab work for at least a month.” Reid added. Chronic knee problems have plagued Wright-Phillips since he moved to the club from Southampton in 2009 and he is often forced to miss training sessions because of the problem.
The latest developments in the move are a mixed blessing for the Pilgrims – the money generated from the transfer fee would have meant they club were able to pay their outstanding tax bill to HMRC and had the transfer embargo placed on the club lifted. Ex-Sunderland manager Reid would then have likely raided the loan market to boost his squad.
Reid’s side will have to cope without Wright-Phillips in their push to move into the play-off places. They currently lie four points off 6th place, but with eight teams ahead of them in a similar position the weekend fixture against Oldham, who are also looking for a play-off position, will be crucial.
Winger Yannick Bolasie and left-back Onismor Bhasera both face fitness tests ahead of the game after picking up knocks in the midweek defeat to Huddersfield.