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Team news: McCleary back, Mackie out

21 November 2014

One change made to starting line-up

Winger Garath McCleary is back in the Royals squad for the first time this season, recovering sufficiently from back surgery in the summer to take a place on the substitutes' bench at Cardiff City this evening.

Nigel Adkins has made just one change to the eleven that started against Charlton before the international break, Welsh international Hal Robson-Kanu coming into the starting line-up in place of the injured Jamie Mackie who misses out with a hamstring injury.

Hope Akpan is ruled out after dislocating a shoulder whilst away with Nigeria and he is joined by Pavel Pogrebnyak on the injury list, the striker missing out with a minor knee injury.

Aaron Kuhl is also an omission after picking up a knock in the under-21s clash with Derby earlier this month, but he should be back in training on Monday morning. Fellow Academy graduate midfielder Aaron Tshibola returns to the squad as a substitute tonight.

Danny Guthrie, Anton Ferdinand, Jem Karacan and Craig Tanner all remain sidelined, but Shaun Cummings is back from a knee injury to take a place on the bench.

Cardiff City name three former Royals amongst their starting line-up, Sean Morrison, Adam Le Fondre and Matthew Connolly all in Russell Slade's eleven.

Reading: Federici, Kelly, Gunter (c), Pearce, Hector, Williams, Norwood, Obita, Robson-Kanu, Cox, Murray
Subs: Andersen, Cummings, Cooper, Tshibola, Taylor, McCleary, Blackman.

Cardiff City: Marshall, Brayford, Turner, S Morrison, Connolly, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Noone, Pilkington, Le Fondre, Macheda.
Subs: Fabio, Ecuele Manga, Adeyemi, Jones, Daehli, R Morrison, Moore.

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