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Sky Bet Championship: Reading v Watford team news

Steve Clarke has inherited an injury-hit Reading squad for his first game in charge against Watford.

Winger Hal Robson-Kanu needs a fitness check on a hamstring problem while strikers Jamie Mackie (hamstring) and Pavel Pogrebnyak (calf) are also struggling.

Jem Karacan is back in training after a long-term knee injury but is still some way from being considered while Hope Akpan (shoulder), Anton Ferdinand and Danny Guthrie (both calf) remain on the sidelines.

Clarke could recall defender Alex Pearce, who started on the bench in last Saturday's 6-1 defeat at Birmingham which cost previous manager Nigel Adkins his job.

Watford have a doubt over Joel Ekstrand, who has been sidelined lately with a problem in his lower back and is still being assessed.

Fellow defender Gabriel Tamas is the only definite injury absentee as he continues to recover from cruciate ligament damage.

Back-up goalkeeper Jonathan Bond will be on the bench having been passed fit following a collarbone injury.

Boss Slavisa Jokanovic is likely to stick with the side which recorded successive victories over Fulham and Wigan to get their promotion bid back on track.


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  • Sky Bet Championship: Reading v Watford team news


  • Steve Clarke has inherited an injury-hit Reading squad for his first game in charge against Watford.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: Diego's Utd no-go


  • Man United's plans to sign Atletico Madrid ace Diego Godin have been dealt a blow, while Arsenal are closing on Legia Warsaw's Krystian Bielik.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Jem Karacan pays tribute to sacked Reading boss Nigel Adkins


  • Reading captain Jem Karacan has paid tribute to former manager Nigel Adkins following his departure this week.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Reading name Steve Clarke as their new manager


  • Steve Clarke has been appointed Reading's new manager on a two-and-a-half year contract.

  • Rumours in the Press: Ruddy to end Reds' keeper hell


  • Liverpool want Norwich's John Ruddy to replace Simon Mignolet, Southampton are chasing Wesley Sneijder, and Alex Song may stay at West Ham.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Nigel Adkins sacked by Reading after heavy Birmingham defeat


  • Reading have confirmed the sacking of manager Nigel Adkins following Saturday's 6-1 defeat at Birmingham.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Birmingham underline improvement with 6-1 win over Reading


  • Birmingham's got firmly back on track with a ruthless 6-1 obliteration of shell-shocked Reading in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Birmingham boss Gary Rowett delighted with 6-1 win over Reading


  • Birmingham boss Gary Rowett was delighted with Demarai Gray's hat-trick after 6-1 win over Reading at St Andrew's.

  • FA Cup: Arsenal and Hull to stage rematch of final in third round of this year's tournament


  • Last season's FA Cup finalists Arsenal and Hull will square off again in the third round of this year's tournament.

  • Arsenal and Hull will stage an FA Cup final rematch in the third round of this year's tournament


  • Last season's FA Cup finalists Arsenal and Hull will square off again in the third round of this year's tournament.

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