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Smith retains his place in the squad, while Jaap makes four changes to his starting eleven...

30 January 2018

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New loan signing Tommy Elphick starts on the bench for the Royals this evening as he is named in the Reading squad for the first time after completing a loan switch to the Madejski on Monday.

Jaap Stam has made four changes to the side that he fielded at Hillsborough in the FA Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, bringing in Mannone, Van den Berg, Barrow and Aluko to start.

Yann Kermorgant and Jon Dadi Böðvarsson pair each other in attack, while Academy graduate Sam Smith retains his place in the squad after his consolation goal in Sheffield on Friday night.

Reading: Mannone, Gunter (c), Moore, Ilori, Edwards, Van den Berg, Bacuna, Barrow, Aluko, Böðvarsson, Kermorgant.
Subs: Jaakkola, Blackett, Elphick, Evans, Clement, McCleary, Smith.

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