Reading boss Brian McDermott will hold talks with Danny Guthrie this week after the midfielder pulled out of Tuesday's Barclays Premier League trip to Sunderland.

The 25-year-old, a summer signing from Newcastle, did not travel to Wearside after telling McDermott his "head was not right", prompting a withering response from his manager.

McDermott said: "He made a decision that his head wasn't right to travel. Everyone has got to be going in the same direction, that's really, really important for me as a group, and we have had that for a period of time."

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