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Leigertwood: Hopes to prove fitness for Millwall clash

Leigertwood: Hopes to prove fitness for Millwall clash

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Reading midfielder Mikele Leigertwood and striker Simon Church are hoping to prove their fitness.

Leigertwood, whose loan spell from QPR was made permanent in May when he signed a three-year deal, has been struggling with a knee injury while Church is also doubtful for the season's opening game due to a thigh strain.

Should Leigertwood fail to make it, manager Brian McDermott will turn to Brian Howard or Brynjar Gunnarsson.

Forward Noel Hunt has proved his fitness in the last two warm-up matches and is in contention to start but McDermott will be without suspended midfielder Jay Tabb.

Tabb, a substitute in Reading's play-off final defeat to Swansea in May, was sent off at half-time for comments made to match officials and will subsequently miss the first two games of the season.

Millwall will check on Paul Robinson and Liam Trotter ahead of Saturday's game.

Lions skipper Robinson made his return from a summer knee operation in the 4-3 friendly win over Charlton last weekend and will start at centre-half if boss Kenny Jackett feels he is fit enough.

Midfielder Trotter has been suffering with a thigh strain but is also expected to be okay to travel.

Goalkeeper David Forde missed a chunk of pre-season with an ankle injury but he is now fit.

Striker Shaun Batt is the only long-term absentee and he is back in training after a cruciate injury.

Summer signings Therry Racon, Darius Henderson and Jordan Stewart are all expected to make their debuts.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 31 October 2014
19:45
Norwich v Bolton  
Saturday, 01 November 2014
12:15
Wolves v Birm'ham  
15:00
Blackburn v Reading  
Blackpool v Ipswich  
Brentford v Derby  
Cardiff v Leeds  
Charlton v Sheff Wed  
Huddsf'ld v N Forest  
Rotherham v M'boro  
Watford v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 14 12 26
2 Watford 14 11 26
3 Wolves 14 6 26
4 B'mouth 14 14 24
5 M'boro 14 7 24
6 Norwich 14 10 23
7 N Forest 14 7 22
8 Blackburn 14 1 22
9 Charlton 14 1 22
10 Ipswich 14 4 21
11 Cardiff 14 1 19
12 Sheff Wed 14 0 19
13 Brentford 14 -3 19
14 Reading 14 -5 18
15 Millwall 14 -2 17
16 Rotherham 14 -3 17
17 Huddsf'ld 14 -6 17
18 Leeds 14 -4 16
19 Wigan 14 -1 15
20 Fulham 14 -6 14
21 Brighton 14 -3 13
22 Bolton 14 -11 11
23 Birm'ham 14 -16 11
24 Blackpool 14 -14 6

Updated Sat, 25 Oct 2014

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