Reading will hand a late fitness test to midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson ahead of the visit of relegated Peterborough.

Gunnarsson played as a makeshift centre-back against Newcastle in midweek and was excellent before suffering a late head injury.

The Icelander needed nearly seven minutes of treatment on the pitch after cutting his head but the injury is not as serious as first feared and he may be fit to face Posh.

Gunnarsson was needed in defence after Zurab Khizanishvili suffered a knee injury. The Georgian could be back on Saturday but a late decision will be made.

Fellow centre-halves Matt Mills (suspended) and Ivar Ingimarsson (hamstring) remain sidelined leaving Alex Pearce as the only fit central defender.

Marek Matejovsky will miss out once more after he had surgery to cure his stomach problem while Noel Hunt and Chris Armstrong (both knee) remain sidelined.

Peterborough defender Gabriel Zakuani is back in contention.

The DR Congo international missed Gary Johnson`s first game in charge against Leicester last weekend with a knee injury but is set to return at the heart of the back four.

On-loan Wolves right-back Mark Little could also return after four games out with a hamstring strain after he played 45 minutes for the reserves in midweek.

Midfielder Lee Frecklington pulled out of the squad to face Leicester late on after sustaining a hamstring problem and was unable to play any part of the 2-1 home defeat and is still out.

Strikers Aaron Mclean (knee), Izale McLeod (knee) and Liam Dickinson (hamstring) are all out along with winger Chris Whelpdale (ankle).

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