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Reading defender Paul McShane and midfielder Danny Williams have both completed three-match bans and are available for selection.
Winger Hal Robson-Kanu (calf) and striker Deniss Rakels could feature but full-back Jordan Obita (hamstring) will miss out again.
Preston goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard (shoulder) and defender Marnick Vermijl (foot) will both be assessed.
Striker Eoin Doyle, on loan from Cardiff, could return to the side.
- Reading are unbeaten in their last 15 home league games against Preston, winning 10 (D5) since a defeat in October 1982.
- Preston have scored exactly once in their last five encounters with the Royals (W1 D1 L3).
- The Royals are winless in five league games, losing four.
- North End have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 Championship away games, having kept four in the five games prior to that.
- Reading have scored a league-high 13 goals in the opening fifteen minutes of games in the Championship this season.