Reading v QPR preview: Paul McShane sidelined for hosts
Last Updated: 13/01/17 8:00am
Reading skipper Paul McShane remains sidelined for the visit of QPR in the Sky Bet Championship on Thursday night, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7.30pm.
The defender missed Saturday's FA Cup defeat at former club Manchester United with a wrist injury and is still not ready to return.
Callum Harriott faces four to six weeks out with a hamstring injury, while Stephen Quinn (knee) and striker Deniss Rakels (ankle) are also set to miss out again.
QPR can include Kazenga LuaLua to their squad for the short trip along the M4 after the winger joined from Brighton on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Darnell Furlong and Michael Doughty are also set to be involved after being recalled from loan spells at Swindon, while midfielder Ben Gladwin has completed a temporary switch in the opposite direction.
Youngster Ebere Eze is a doubt after suffering an Achilles injury on his debut in the FA Cup defeat by Blackburn at the weekend.
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There have been just five goals scored in the last six league meetings between these sides at the Madejski Stadium (two for Reading, three for QPR).
The Hoops have lost only once in their last nine league encounters against the Royals (W3 D5).
Reading have 16 more points after 24 league games this season (46) than they did last season (30).
QPR won their last away league game at Wolves but haven't completed back to back wins on the road since August 2015.
These sides also met on a Thursday last season at the Madejski - Nedum Onouha scored a 90th-minute winner for the Hoops. Reading haven't won a league match on a Thursday since December 1991, drawing three and losing five since.
Watch Reading v QPR in the Sky Bet Championship live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7.30pm on Thursday.