Reading v Burnley preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:27

Reading v Burnley preview

Reading boss Brian McDermott will make a last-minute decision on the fitness of Mikele Leigertwood and Jobi McAnuff.
On-loan QPR midfielder Leigertwood (hamstring) and winger McAnuff (illness) missed the 1-0 defeat by Swansea on New Year’s Day and will be assessed before kick-off.
Striker Noel Hunt, who had recently made his comeback from long-term foot and knee injuries, and Jem Karacan, who had played every game this season, were rested against the Swans and should return.
Club captain Ivar Ingimarsson (hamstring) and his Icelandic compatriot Brynjar Gunnarsson (knee) have returned to training but the game is likely to come to soon.
Burnley caretaker boss Stuart Gray could name an unchanged line-up.
Gray took temporary charge of the Clarets following the sacking of Brian Laws last week and his players responded in perfect fashion by dispatching Sheffield United 4-2.
“The effort and commitment was there and if we didn’t have the ball, we worked hard to win it back,” said Gray following the win.
Recalled Chris Eagles and Chris Iwelumo both netted on their returns to the team and they are likely to retain their spots in the starting XI.
But Steven Thompson – who came off the bench to seal victory – may hope to be considered following his cameo.
Long-term absentee Chris McCann is still on the sidelines.

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