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3 August 2012

News for friendly

The Royals take on Bournemouth in a friendly game this Saturday, kick off 3pm at Dean Court.

Brian McDermott will take a strong first team squad to the south coast, including new signings Pavel Pogrebnyak, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Shorey, Garath McCleary and Adrian Mariappa.

Adam Federici is back, but Jimmy Kebe, Jem Karacan, Chris Gunter and Jason Roberts are out.

McDermott said, "Bournemouth have always been a side that have played good football, I really like the club. Hopefully the sun shines as well so we get a few fans to come and watch us play!"

He continued, "Jem is training really well and is chomping at the bit to come out and play and I am sure that will come around sooner rather than later. Garath McCleary I am hopeful will be fit, he trained on Tuesday and so should be OK. Chris Gunter is getting closer, Jimmy won’t be fit and probably won’t be available at the start of the season either as he has hamstring strain so that is a real shame for him and for us. Robbo won’t be available because he has a bit of a calf problem but obviously he won’t be playing the first two games of the season anyway so we have that in mind.

"Pavel has settled really well, on his first day here he didn’t know anybody but now the lads love him and he is a real good team player. He wants to do well for the team which is very important to me so he is the same as everybody else in the team. Pavel wants to do well and I know he will."

The game kicks off at 3pm at Dean Court, and there are around 1800 tickets available to our supporters on the day. Tickets are priced: Adults £10, Concessions (under 16/over 65/disabled) £5. Royals fans will be located in one third of the East Stand stand [pictured] and tickets can be bought on the turnstiles.

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