Norwich v Reading – Match preview and team news

Norwich welcome a Reading side to Carrow Road that still look doomed for a return to the Championship.

The Canaries have been sliding of late though Chris Hughton will take heart from the impressive display his side put in at the Emirates last week, where only three goals in the last 10 minutes from Arsenal denied Norwich a shock victory.

Currently standing on 35 points, Hughton’s men remain just four points off the drop zone and so the visit of the division’s bottom club will surely represent a must-win three points.

Norwich welcome back midfielders Anthony Pilkington and Bradley Johnson after recent lay-offs while first-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy is available again after a long-term thigh injury.

Reading may have taken a point against Liverpool last week thanks to a remarkable display of goalkeeping from the returning Alex McCarthy but the gap between them and safety still stands at seven points and for all of Nigel Adkins’ talk of survival, the Royals look like they have begun to accept their fate with no just five games to go.

The former Southampton boss has few injury worries as he searches for his first win since taking charge at the Madejski Stadium, though doubts remain over wingers Jimmy Kebe and Hal Robson-Kanu after their recent struggles with groin and knee complaints.

Up front, Adkins has options to choose from with Adam Le Fondre, Noel Hunt and Pavel Pogrebnyak all vying for starts.

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