Jason Roberts makes his first start of the season as Reading welcome Fulham to the Madjeski Stadium.
has recalled Brian McDermott for Jason Roberts as they bid to pick up their first Premier League win of the season against Reading at the Madjeski Stadium. Fulham
Roberts made the headlines last weekend by
boycotting the 'Kick It Out' campaign, but the Royals striker will be concentrating on playing matters this afternoon after being selected to partner , who faces his former club, in attack. Pavel Pogrebnyak
In the only other Reading change,
replaces Jay Tabb in midfield, while Jem Karacan continues in favour of Jimmy Kebe on the left flank. Garath McCleary welcomes back Martin Jol to his starting lineup after the Malian recovered from his knee injury sooner than expected. Mahamadou Diarra also returns after missing the Damien Duff victory over Aston Villa with illness and joins him in midfield, with John Arne Riise and Steve Sidwell dropping to the bench. Mladen Petric Reading: McCarthy; Cummings, Gorkss, Mariappa, Shorey; Leigertwood, Tabb, Kebe, McAnuff; Pogrebnyak, Roberts Fulham: Schwarzer; Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Riether; Riise, Richardson, Diarra, Duff; Berbatov, Rodallega
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