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📯 Team news | Baldock starts against high-flying Forest

Mark Bowen is forced to shuffle his pack ahead of a visit of fourth-placed Forest...

11 January 2020

Having made 11 changes for the FA Cup clash with Blackpool last weekend, Royals boss Mark Bowen has returned to a more familiar line-up for this afternoon's Championship encounter.

Lucas Joao misses out through injury, so - on the back of a fantastic finish against Blackpool in the cup - Sam Baldock starts up front for the Royals in the only change to the side who earned all three points at Craven Cottage on New Year's Day.

On the bench, Danny Loader is included following a very clever finish of his own against the Tangerines in the Third Round draw last Saturday.

And George Puscas is named in the squad for the first time since hurting his shoulder in the a draw at Barnsley exactly one month ago today.

The defensive four remains consistent with the side that picked up some festive momentum either side of Christmas - conceding only one goal in the last five league games.

Chris Gunter and Pelé start against their former employers, while another ex-Forest man is on the Royals bench in the form of Garath McCleary.

Reading: Rafael, Gunter, Morrison, Moore (c), Blackett, Pelé, Adam, Swift, Ejaria, Méïté, Baldock.
Subs: Walker, Miazga, Rinomhota, Obita, McCleary, Loader, Puscas.

Nottingham Forest: Samba, Ribeiro, Figueiredo, Worrall, Grabban, Watson (c), Cash, Ameobi, Sow, Silva, Rodriguez.
Subs: Smith, Jenkinson, Dawson, Yates, Lolley, Adomah, Mighten.

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