Sep 28, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Madejski Stadium
Reading
2-0
BirminghamBirmingham City
Guthrie (31', 75')
Spector (63')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Zigic (94')

Team News: Wayne Bridge returns for Reading, Nikola Zigic makes bench for Birmingham

Reading's Wayne Bridge starts after returning from a knee injury and the visitors can call upon Nikola Zigic following a back injury that has kept him out all season.

Reading left-back Wayne Bridge makes his comeback to the side following a knee injury, while Birmingham City striker Nikola Zigic, who is yet to feature this term because of a back injury, takes his place on the bench.

On-loan Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard starts again after scoring four goals on his debut in a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.

Adam Le Fondre returns to the Reading starting lineup after only making the bench last time out in the 3-1 away win against Derby County.

Eight of today's starting XI played in Birmingham's shock 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Premier League opposition Swansea on Wednesday night.

Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Bridge, Morrison, Pearce, Baird, Guthrie, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre
Subs: Federici, Kelly, Cummings, Gorkss, Akpan, Obita, Sharp

Birmingham: Randolph; Robinson, Murphy, Burn, Reilly, Green, Spector, Adeyemi, Caddis, Burke, Lingard
Subs: Doyle, Bartley, Ferguson, Lee, Shinnie, Elliott, Zigic

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