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Preview: Reading v Rovers

A look ahead to the weekend trip to Berkshire to take on The Royals

20 September 2019

Rovers return to action on Saturday when we head to Berkshire to take on Jose Gomes' Reading side at the Madejski Stadium.

Tony Mowbray has mainly a full fit squad to choose from for the trip south, with Ben Brereton the only definite absentee for the game.

Tosin Adarabioyo is likely to be fit to travel, which may see Mowbray continue with the new look three at the back system that worked so well for Rovers last weekend against Millwall at Ewood Park.

Greg Cunningham is expected to keep his spot at left wing back, with Elliott Bennett on the other flank.

Mowbray will have a decision to make on Lewis Holtby, who arrived on a free transfer earlier in the week, with the German available to feature is called upon.

The 29-year-old's fitness has pleased the boss so far, but Mowbray may well opt to wait to hand the ex-Schalke and Tottenham Hotspur playmaker his debut in blue-and-white.

Bradley Dack could be set for his 100th game in blue-and-white, and will be searching for his 40th goal at least for the club having bagged an impressive 39 strikes from his 99 outings so far.

The hosts have lost their last two games in the league without scoring and sit five places and three points behind Rovers in the Championship table.

It's been a busy summer of recruitment for Gomes, who brought in former Rovers loanee Lucas Joao for big money from Sheffield Wednesday back in August.

Playmaker John Swift is the dangerman for The Royals. No player has created more opportunities in the division than the former Chelsea trainee so far this season.

Exciting young striker George Puscas is expected to lead the line, whilst Charlie Adam, who was on trial with Rovers in the summer, is also set to be in Gomes' squad this weekend.

Rovers have suffered defeats in our last two trips to tackle Reading, but have lost just five times from the 21 meetings between the two sides.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 3pm and you can track all the action via iFollow Rovers and across our social media accounts.


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