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Sky Bet Championship: Blackburn v Reading team news

Blackburn have reported no new injury or suspension concerns prior to Reading's visit to Ewood Park on Saturday.

Rovers have often been struck down by problems ahead of various contests in the recent past, but boss Gary Bowyer can mull over some welcome selection posers for the first time in a while.

None of the three long-term absentees are ready to return, though, with full-back Tommy Spurr (groin), midfielder Jason Lowe (foot) and striker Chris Brown (knee) all still sidelined.

Striker Rudy Gestede should be recalled to the starting line-up having scored his sixth goal of the season off the bench against Nottingham Forest.

Reading will be without defender Michael Hector, who serves a one-match ban after collecting five yellow cards this season.

Midfielder Danny Guthrie will also be missing after the calf injury which has hindered him all season flared up again in training last Friday.

But Anton Ferdinand (hamstring) and Danny Williams (knee) are close to making their first appearances of the campaign after coming through run-outs for the club's under-21 side on Monday.

Garath McCleary (back), Jem Karacan, Shaun Cummings and Craig Tanner (all knee) remain on the sidelines.


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  • Sky Bet Championship: Blackburn v Reading team news


  • Blackburn have reported no new injury or suspension concerns prior to Reading's visit to Ewood Park on Saturday.

  • Championship: Reading issue update on injured players


  • Reading have issued a positive update on several of their injured players, with Anton Ferdinand and Danny Williams closest to first-team returns.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Reading beat Blackpool to end winless run


  • Reading ended their six-match run without a Sky Bet Championship victory by beating bottom club Blackpool 3-0 at the Madejski Stadium.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Reading boss Nigel Adkins praises players after win


  • Reading manager Nigel Adkins praised his players for their persistence after a six-match winless run in the Championship ended with a 3-0 victory over bottom club Blackpool at the Madejski Stadium.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Reading boss Nigel Adkins focused on Blackpool game


  • Under-pressure Reading boss Nigel Adkins has urged his side to rise to the "challenge" when they host Blackpool on Saturday.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Bournemouth pile misery on sorry Reading


  • Brett Pitman scored twice as Bournemouth beat out-of-sorts Reading 3-0 to post their third successive victory in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Reading boss Nigel Adkins brushes off job worries after 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth


  • Reading manager Nigel Adkins shrugged off fears for his job after his side extended their winless run to seven games with a 3-0 defeat at play-off hopefuls Bournemouth.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Chris Martin double and Jordan Ibe goal help Derby win at Reading


  • Derby climbed into the automatic promotion places in the Championship after a 3-0 victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Steve McClaren full of praise for Chris Martin


  • Derby manager Steve McClaren has backed prolific striker Chris Martin to power the club back into the Barclays Premier League after their near-miss in the play-off final last season.

  • Reading midfielder Hope Akpan delighted with Nigeria debut


  • Reading midfielder Hope Akpan has spoken of his delight after making his international debut for Nigeria

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