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Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Reading and Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium.

Last Updated: 04/03/11 at 12:15

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Reading manager Brian McDermott has some late decisions to make before naming his side to face Middlesbrough.

McDermott saw his side pull off a famous FA Cup win at Everton in midweek and could be boosted further by the return of some key players.

Right-back Andy Griffin has been sidelined for the last two matches with an Achilles injury but has a chance of being involved, while deputy Shaun Cummings also missed out at Goodison Park with an injury.

That meant midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson filling in at full-back and he will do again if required.

Club captain Ivar Ingimarsson has been ruled out with a groin injury while Alex Pearce remains sidelined with a thigh strain, so former Blackburn man Zurab Khizanishvili is in line to keep his place.

Goalkeeper Adam Federici remains out with a knee injury so 21-year-old Alex McCarthy will continue fresh from making a stunning save to keep out a Leon Osman volley at Everton.

Striker Mathieu Manset is fit again after a calf injury and will be in the squad.

Australia international Rhys Williams could return to the Boro squad for the trip south to Berkshire.

The 22-year-old has not played a senior game for the club since April last year because of the pelvic condition which prevented him from representing his country at last summer's World Cup finals.

However, Williams got 84 minutes under his belt for the reserves in midweek and is likely to travel to the Madejski Stadium.

Midfielder Julio Arca is battling knee and toe injuries and manager Tony Mowbray will make a late decision on him.

However, Andrew Davies, Matthew Bates, Justin Hoyte (all hamstring), Stephen McManus, Jonathan Franks, Luke Williams (all ankle), Danny Coyne (double hernia surgery), Willo Flood (thigh) and Kevin Thomson (hairline fibula fracture) are still out.

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