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Team news for the Championship game between Reading and Cardiff City at the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday (8pm).

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Bothroyd: Returns from suspension

Bothroyd: Returns from suspension

Reading manager Brian McDermott will pick from an unchanged squad for the home clash with Cardiff.

McDermott has no new injury or suspension problems as his side look to bounce back from Saturday's 3-1 defeat at QPR and keep pace with the play-off contenders.

The Royals are without winger Jimmy Kebe again due to the knee injury that has forced him to miss the previous two games and Icelandic midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson, sidelined since mid-September with a hamstring injury, is still out.

Strikers Noel Hunt and Simon Church are both pushing for recalls after starting on the substitutes' bench in recent weeks, but Shane Long was the first man to score from open play against QPR at Loftus Road this season and will expect to retain his place.

Jay Bothroyd returns to the Cardiff squad for the trip to Reading.

The Championship's 10-goal top scorer missed Sunday's derby defeat to Swansea through suspension having been booked five times this season.

Bothroyd is set to partner Michael Chopra in attack while Craig Bellamy could sit out to rest his knee.

Bellamy, who has started the last four games, also took a whack on the shin on Sunday.

Winger Chris Burke is pushing to return after his surprise omission at the weekend while Manchester United loanee Danny Drinkwater will be checked over having made his first appearance in two months following a thigh injury.

Defender Paul Quinn (knee) remains in the treatment room.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil
Bournemth v Sheff Wed
Charlton v Bolton
Huddersfld v Brighton
Wigan v Reading
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley
19:30
Doncaster v Derby
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds
Middlesbro' v Millwall

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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