Injured Long misses out on clash with former club

Portuguese midfielder Daniel Carrico was given his Reading debut against West Brom after completing a £600,000 move from Sporting Lisbon.

Reading were back at full strength following their FA Cup win against Crawley, with Caricco the only change from the side that lost at Tottenham on their last Barclays Premier League outing.

West Brom’s Jerome Thomas made his first league appearance of the season while Jonas Olsson, Ben Foster and Graham Dorrans all returned to the side after missing the FA Cup draw with QPR.

The men to make way are injured duo Shane Long, who misses out on a return to his former club, and Zoltan Gera (knee), as well as benched duo Boaz Myhill and Gabriel Tamas.

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Mariappa, Pearce, Harte, Kebe, Karacan, Daniel Carrico, Guthrie, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Taylor, Le Fondre, Hunt, McCleary, Morrison, Cummings, Akpan.

West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Thorne, Brunt, Dorrans, Morrison, Thomas, Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Popov, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy, Dawson, Tamas, Nabi.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

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