Danny Wilson was delighted to see influential defender Neill Collins return to action at The Madejski Stadium on Saturday.
After a month on the sidelines following surgery on a triple fracture to his cheekbone on Boxing Day, Collins played the last 14 minutes of the 4-0 defeat against Reading, sporting a protective face mask.
Wilson commented: "It was a massive plus to get Neill (Collins) back into the thick of the action.
"He is a lad desperate to play and you saw with him wearing the mask, which he has gone through to make himself available earlier than expected.
"With a bit of luck now, the weather is clearing we will get a full week on the training ground and he should be raring to go come Friday night."
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace's interest in Nick Blackman is common knowledge, but Wilson, who reserved a special word for the recently departed Danny Philliskirk, says he is unsure on Blackman's long-term future.
The Gaffer concluded: "It is business as normal with regards to Nick (Blackman). I would obviously like to keep him, but if he does move on we must act quickly to replace him. Let's just see what happens as the week progresses.
"Danny (Philliskirk) has struggled to force his way into the reckoning, so given the expectation level at this club we felt it was best for both parties if he moved on.
"He is a great young professional and that is why we wanted to help him move his career forward."