Reading boss Brian McDermott is planning to hold showdown talks with midfielder Danny Guthrie following the midfielder refusal to participate in Tuesday's defeat at Sunderland.

Guthrie has apologised to supporters for withdrawing from the squad for the Barclays Premier League relegation clash at Stadium of Light, which the Royals lost 3-0, after claiming his "head just wasn't right".

"I need to speak to him. We need to have a conversation," McDermott said.

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