Reading FC boss Veljko Paunovic faces a defensive dilemma as he takes his Royals side to west London to take on Premier League leader Fulham today.
The Royals could do without ten first-team players when they make the short trip to Craven Cottage.
Reading enters the game, supported by a well-deserved and stimulating 3-1 win over Peterborough United on Tuesday night at Select Car Leasing Stadium, although the Royals lost another key player to injury after captain Liam Moore hobbled in first half.
He has since posted a message to Reading fans saying his injury is not as bad as it could have been and will be “back soon”, but he is expected to miss against Fulham.
As such, it adds to Paunovic’s woes, with the Royals due to be deprived of a number of key players for the clash against the Whites.
That includes longtime absentees Lucas Joao and Yakou Meite, while players like Andy Rinomhota, Scott Dann, Tom McIntyre and Femi Azeez are all expected to be absent, along with Moore.
That leaves the boss running out of options for the game against the league leaders, although goalkeeper Rafael may return to the squad after missing the midweek clash with Peterborough.
He injured his hand following the Royals’ 3-3 draw against QPR last Saturday, but has now resumed training and could be in contention for a feature in West London.
However, Paunovic will have to decide who will play in the goal after Luke Southwood impressed against Peterborough with a fine performance against Posh.
Meanwhile, Danny Drinkwater is currently building up his fitness, having yet to make his debut after a one-season loan from Chelsea.
It could however be an option for the team of the day.
Here is the full list of players available for Paunovic for the match.
Luke Southwood, Rafael, Coniah Boyce-Clarke.
Andy Yiadom, Michael Morrison, Baba Rahman, Ethan Bristow, Imari Samuels, Tom Holmes, Nelson Abbey, Lynford Sackey.
Josh Laurent, John Swift, Junior Hoilett, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Danny Drinkwater, Alen Halilovic, Ovie Ejaria, Mamadi Camara, Dejan Tetek, Claudio Osorio, Kian Leavy, Malachi Talent-Aryeetey.
George Puscas, Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan, Jahmari Clarke.
The reading will have full coverage of the game in a live blog starting before the game. Kick-off is at 3 p.m.
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