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Gary Rowett: 'Wes Thomas in my plans for Reading clash'

Gary Rowett opens the door for Wes Thomas's return to first-team action following the striker's three-match suspension for lashing out on Cardiff City's Sean Morrison.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has insisted that striker Wes Thomas is "back in the reckoning" for a return to first-team action after completing his three-match suspension.

The 27-year-old has had to sit out the last month of action having been handed a ban for lashing out at Cardiff City centre-back Sean Morrison in October's goalless draw.

Since then the Blues have picked up a couple of wins to climb out of the bottom three, although Rowett says that the door is open for a return against Reading on Saturday should Thomas's fitness levels be at the desired level.

"It's always difficult when you miss three games, with the international break at the start of that period. He has missed almost five weeks out," he is quoted as saying by the Birmingham Mail.

"What that does is you have to assess his fitness levels, we have worked him hard, they have been working every Saturday morning when they have not been playing. We played him against Liverpool for 90 minutes in the behind-closed-doors friendly.

"I certainly think if he shows good aptitude this week in training and that fitness isn't a problem then he will certainly come back into the reckoning for this weekend."

Thomas rejoined Birmingham from Rotherham United in the summer, going on to score three goals in his 18 appearances so far this season.

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Burton manager Gary Rowett looks on prior to the Capital One Cup Second Round match between Burton Albion and Queens Park Rangers at Pirelli Stadium on August 27, 2014
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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
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· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
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· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

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