Reading V Doncaster at Madejski Stadium - Match Preview

Royals wait on quartet

Reading will run the rule over a host of players ahead of the visit of Doncaster.

Midfielders Royston Drenthe and Danny Williams (both foot), winger Garath McCleary (knee) and striker Billy Sharp (groin) all missed the 2-1 defeat at Burnley before the international break.

But they have had a fortnight to get over those niggles and manager Nigel Adkins is hoping to have at least a couple of them available for selection.

But Mikele Leigertwood (ankle) and Jason Roberts (hip) are further away from returns while Jem Karacan has undergone surgery on his cruciate injury.

Doncaster resume Sky Bet Championship action without Federico Macheda, who has returned to parent club Manchester United for treatment on a hamstring problem.

Summer signing Marc De Val marked his return from a three-month injury lay-off with a goal in a 45-minute run out for the reserves in midweek but Saturday will probably come too soon for the Spaniard to be involved.

Fellow midfielder Jamie Forrester and left-back James Husband have been ruled out with torn quadriceps and a shoulder injury respectively.

Theo Robinson (Jamaica), David Cotterill (Wales), Dean Furman and Bongani Khumalo (both South Africa) and Lee McCullough (Northern Ireland Under-21s) all returned unscathed from international duty.

Source: PA

Source: PA