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Captain Robbie Savage and midfield partner James Bailey are expected to return to the Derby starting line-up against the Royals.

Savage missed the defeat to Bristol City with an ankle injury while Bailey was ill last weekend. Both players have resumed training.

Rams boss Nigel Clough is considering resting Tomasz Cywka after feeling the Polish forward looked tired at Ashton Gate, where he made his eighth consecutive start.

Dean Moxey could also come back into the team at full-back should Clough wish to make further changes.

Striker Shefki Kuqi and goalkeeper Frank Fielding will be missing from the squad after returning to Swansea and Blackburn respectively following the end of their loan spells.

Reading could move up to seventh in the Championship, if they can find the net at Pride Park.

The Royals are on a winless run of six games, having drawn their last five and failed to score in the last two.

Long-term absentee and usual Reading captain Ivar Ingimarsson (hamstring) completed 90 minutes for the reserves in midweek and the defender could feature at Pride Park. His Icelandic compatriot Brynjar Gunnarsson (knee) is also back in training but the defensive midfielder is not expected to start.

Young midfielder Jake Taylor came through an hour of the reserve match following his recovery from knee surgery and will rejoin full training soon.

Irish defender Julian Kelly (hamstring) is another injury concern but was not expected to compete for a first-team berth.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 03 October 2014
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Saturday, 04 October 2014
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15:00
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Norwich 10 11 20
2 N Forest 10 10 20
3 Watford 10 8 20
4 Derby 10 9 19
5 Ipswich 10 6 18
6 Charlton 10 4 18
7 Wolves 10 3 18
8 M'boro 10 6 17
9 Sheff Wed 10 3 16
10 Reading 10 0 15
11 Blackburn 10 -2 14
12 Leeds 10 -2 14
13 Brentford 10 -3 14
14 Cardiff 10 0 13
15 Bournemth 10 1 12
16 Millwall 10 -3 11
17 Rotherham 10 -4 11
18 Huddersfld 10 -8 11
19 Brighton 10 -2 10
20 Birmingham 10 -6 10
21 Wigan 10 -2 9
22 Fulham 10 -8 7
23 Bolton 10 -12 5
24 Blackpool 10 -9 3

Updated Wed, 01 Oct 2014

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