Reading V Burton Albion at Madejski Stadium : Match Preview

21 December 2017
Swift returns for landmark Reading fixture

John Swift is in line to return for Reading in their 500th game at the Madejski Stadium.

Midfielder Swift has been sidelined for the last five games with a hamstring injury but is now close to full fitness and Royals manager Jaap Stam hinted he could play some part against Burton.

The game could see Garath McCleary (groin) and George Evans (thigh) feature after missing 12 and 15 games respectively.

Both may have to settle for places on the bench if they are to play any part.

Burton boss Nigel Clough can pick from a fully fit squad - with two exceptions.

The Brewers remain without Northern Ireland forward Liam Boyce (knee), who continues his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Wolves loanee striker Joe Mason also misses out as he battles to overcome an acutely inflamed appendix, but Clough says everyone else will be in contention.

The Sky Bet Championship strugglers returned to winning ways with a narrow victory over fellow relegation-threatened side Bolton last weekend to move off the bottom of the table.

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