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Last Updated: 22/10/18 5:01pm
Birmingham midfielder Charlie Lakin is a doubt for the visit of Reading.
The 19-year-old picked up a quad injury in training and missed the 1-0 win at Stoke but is close to a return.
Isaac Vassell (knee) and David Davis (ankle) remain long-term absentees for boss Gary Monk but Vassell is back training. Captain Michael Morrison continues to wear a mask to protect his broken nose.
Goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola is likely to continue in goal for Reading after his first start of the season in the 3-1 win over Millwall. Saeid Ezatolahi remains sidelined after he picked up an unspecified injury on international duty with Iran.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (calf), Sam Baldock (calf) and John O'Shea (hamstring) all missed out at the weekend and remain doubts. Dave Edwards, Jordan Obita, Omar Richards and Adrian Popa are also currently out injured.
Birmingham and Reading have already met once this season, with the Royals winning 2-0 in a League Cup first round clash in August.
Reading have won each of their last two league visits to St. Andrew's against Birmingham in the past two seasons, keeping clean sheets in both games.
Birmingham lost their first home Championship match under Garry Monk against Middlesbrough - since then, they are unbeaten in 11 games (W5 D6 L0).
Reading are looking to win consecutive league games for the first time since December 2017, while manager Paul Clement hasn't achieved this feat since the final three games of the 2016-17 season as Swansea manager.
Birmingham are unbeaten in nine Championship games (W3 D6 L0) - the longest current run in the division.
Reading striker Jón Dadi Bödvarsson has scored in each of his two previous league appearances at St. Andrew's, doing so for Wolves in August 2016 and Reading in August 2017.
David Prutton predicts: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)