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Reading are still to decide whether to include Jem Karacan in their squad, with the midfielder “desperate” to make his comeback from a broken leg.
The Royals are without Jimmy Kebe (hamstring) and Jason Roberts, who is suspended for their first two games.
Robert Huth could play for Stoke, despite spending most of last week in hospital with viral meningitis.
The Potters will also assess winger Jermaine Pennant, who is struggling with a thigh strain.(BBC Sport)
Reading host Stoke City in their first Premier League match in four years and Brian McDermott’s side look well set for the seasons ahead thanks to some decent wheeling and dealing in the transfer market.
The Royals boss could see there were some areas of improvement he needed to address if he was to keep his side the right side of the perforated relegation line and captures of Pavel Pogrebnyak, Danny Guthrie and the return of former favourite Nicky Shorey should help in the cause.
Tony Pulis’s side will be has hard working as ever but have arguably not strengthened his Stoke City squad all that much this summer so it’s hard to know how the Potters will fair this term.
Always hard to break down Stoke City will hope to come away from the Madjeski Stadium with something today but we see Reading completing a narrow win.
Reading 1-0 Stoke City
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