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Team news: Blackman and Akpan start

21 October 2014

Murray misses out through injury

The Royals make two changes to the starting eleven that lost at home to Derby on Saturday afternoon, Nigel Adkins bringing Nick Blackman and Hope Akpan into his team for tonight's clash at Bournemouth.

Akpan was named on the bench last weekend after a long international trip out to Nigeria and Sudan had taken its toll, but the central midfielder is back in the side alongside Oliver Norwood this evening, replacing Jake Taylor in the middle of the park.

Blackman came off the bench against the Rams but starts tonight, with striker Glenn Murray missing out on the visit to the Goldsands after picking up a knock at the weekend. Murray will hopefully be fit for the visit of Blackpool next weekend, but this evening Hal Robson-Kanu will lead the line.

Jack Stacey comes into the squad to take a place amongst the substitutes, while Stephen Kelly is fit enough to be included in the eighteen for the first time this season. The right-back replaced fellow Irishman Sean Long on the bench.

Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Ritchie, Arter, Surman, Pugh, Pitman, Wilson.
Subs: Camp, Smith, Harte, Gosling, Fraser, Stanislas, Rantie.

Reading: Federici, Gunter (c), Obita, Hector, Pearce, Norwood, Akpan,
Blackman, Mackie, Cox,Robson-Kanu.
Subs: Andersen, S Kelly, Cooper, Kuhl, Taylor, Stacey, Pogrebnyak.
 

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