It could prove to be a rather tame encounter at the Madejski Stadium as long-relegated Reading entertain a Manchester City side still smarting from the unbelievable disappointment of their FA Cup final defeat to Wigan.
The Royals picked up their first win since Nigel Adkins replaced Brian McDermott as manager in their last encounter at Fulham and against a City side facing constant speculation that their own boss Roberto Mancini is due to be sacked imminently and replaced by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini.
Midfielder Hope Akpan could be available after missing the last four matches with an ankle injury but winger Jimmy Kebe and Adam Federici are still sidelined.
For City, Mancini could look to make several changes from the one that collapsed so tamely at Wigan, meaning the likes of Maicon, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Aleksandr Kolarov, Jack Rodwell, Javi Garcia, James Milner and Edin Dzeko are all pushing for starts.
Pablo Zabaleta will definitely miss out after being sent off at Wembley while Scott Sinclair is still absent after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from his shoulder last week.
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