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Roberts fears season is over

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Fri, 08 Mar 2013 19:44:00

Federico Macheda has admitted he would be prepared to move back to Lazio at some point in the future if the opportunity presents itself.

Macheda is currently on loan at Stuttgart from Manchester United and played against Lazio in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old was on Lazio's books as a teenager before making the move to Old Trafford in 2007, and he has indicated that he would be open to a return to the Italian club one day.

He is focused at the current time on playing regularly for Stuttgart, though, and is keen to impress until the end of the season.

"I want to grow as a player and play with continuity to prove my worth," Macheda was quoted as saying by after Stuttgart's 2-0 home defeat in the first leg.

"Lazio? I went away very young and I have not kept relations with the current management.

"I would go back, if there was a possibility in the future."

The Scots had been beaten by New Zealand in their tournament opener on Wednesday, when England beat Italy.

An England side showing 10 changes from the Italy match led 2-1 at half-time on Friday after goals from Ellen White and Toni Duggan, which followed an opener from Scotland's Lisa Evans.

Jane Ross pulled Scotland level after 48 minutes and they led five minutes later when Kim Little took on and beat Steph Houghton before firing home.

Rachel Williams cracked a low shot home to make it 3-3 after 73 minutes, and Kelly Smith edged England ahead four minutes later with a close-range finish.

Striker Mitchell, who recently joined German side Essen from Glasgow City, had the final say though, tucking home a 12-yard shot from Little's pass.

England round off their Group A campaign when they take on New Zealand on Monday, and will reach Wednesday's final should they beat the Kiwis.

Scotland cannot reach the final but will be looking to finish their group campaign on a positive note when they tackle Italy on Monday.

The 35-year-old announced on Twitter this evening that his recovery had not gone to plan and that going under the knife looked to be his only choice.

"Injury Update...Rehabilitation has not been successful...seems at this point Surgery is our only option..meaning my Season is over! £gutted", he posted.

"Everything that could have been done has been done..but..the most important thing is P.L. Football for Reading FC next Season..."

Roberts admitted at the end of last month that he had no time-frame on a return and that the club's medical staff had "exhausted everything they can to try and make it right".

Royals boss Brian McDermott had a more positive outlook on the player's situation and had been hopeful of having him back available for the Barclays Premier League run-in.

"I think Jason said himself that we have to wait and see day to day," McDermott said last week.

"He was out on the training pitch with the physios the other day and was kicking a few balls around, so he is in a much better place than he was a couple of weeks ago."

Second-bottom Reading have won just five times in the league this season heading into Saturday's crucial home clash with third-bottom Aston Villa.

The experienced forward spent six years with Blackburn before joining the Royals in January 2012. He was a key player for the Berkshire club last term, netted six goals as the Berkshire club won the npower Championship title.

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