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Fulham visit Reading ~ Ch. Team News MD24

last updated Thursday 29th December 2016, 7:14 PM

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Reading v Fulham

Championship Match Day 24 1617 at Madejski Stadium

Friday 30th December 2016    KO: 20:00

Referee: James Linington (Newport)

Reading Manager Jaap Stam
Reading Manager
Jaap Stam
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Reading have no fresh injury concerns as they look for retribution when they take on Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday night.

Jaap Stam's side were thrashed 5-0 at Craven Cottage at the start of the month and will be looking to hit back when they welcome the Whites to Berkshire.

Midfielder John Swift made his return from an ankle injury when he came off the bench late on in the Boxing Day win over Norwich and will be pushing for a start.

Stam could yet rotate his side given the number of fixtures over the festive period, with the likes of George Evans, Jake Cooper and Callum Harriott waiting in the wings.

Reading are unbeaten in their last three home league games against Fulham, scoring eight goals in the process (W1 D2).

The Royals have won eight and lost two of their last 10 Championship contests.


Slavisa Jokanovic
First Team Head Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
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Slavisa Jokanovic

Fulham will continue to be without Chelsea loanee Tomas Kalas for the trip to the Madejski Stadium.

Kalas suffered a hamstring strain in the 2-2 draw with Derby on December 17, but could be back to face Brighton on Monday.

Loan striker Chris Martin will continue to spearhead Fulham's attack after scoring in the 2-0 victory at Ipswich.

Former England midfielder Scott Parker is still waiting for his first start since October.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic told BBC Radio London:
"It is a great opportunity to test ourselves with where we are. We are full of confidence and are in good form.

"We beat them a month ago but I don't expect similar things. We have to open the mind and be ready for everything.

"We will always be under some kind of pressure. Thinking short-term is the best thing for us."

The last Fulham goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet away to Reading was Kasey Keller in April 2008 (2-0).

Fulham are unbeaten in their last five league games (W3 D2), netting at least two goals in each match (15 scored in total).

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