Reading duo Rafael Cabral and Liam Moore are expected to be available for selection ahead of their side’s clash with Luton after overcoming injury scares during the week.
The pair were doubts for Saturday afternoon’s match at the Madejski Stadium, but Rafael’s scan did not pick up an issues while Moore returned to full training on Thursday following some light training sessions earlier in the week.
Rafael and Moore have been regulars in the Royals’ starting line-up this season, with Rafael having played every minute of Reading’s last 12 matches, while Moore missed his first action of the season when he was forced off during the 2-1 win over Millwall on the weekend.
Speaking to Berkshire Live, new Reading boss Mark Bowen has now confirmed that both players should be available to feature on Saturday after bouncing back from their minor injury scares.
“Rafael had a scan which showed nothing. He’s feeling fine for Saturday,” he said.
“Moore was tender and sore and gave him a few days of gentle stuff and he’s trained today. Physically he says he’s all fine so we should be ok with those two.”
The duo will be hoping to feature in a match which could see Reading extend their unbeaten run to four matches, with the Berkshire outfit having started well under the guidance of Bowen since his appointment last month.
Who will come out on top?
It will come as a massive relief that this duo are available for the Luton clash as they have both been key figures within Reading’s spine this season, and the Royals will surely fancy their chances of extending their winning run.
The Reading team will currently be full of confidence following their recent results, and the absence of this duo would have disrupted the Royals’ rhythm heading into Saturday, while it will also give the club a mental boost knowing Rafael and Moore are on the pitch.
It will be another statement result if Reading can secure a victory against the Hatters, as a third straight home victory will suggest that the Madejski Stadium could become something of a fortress this season.