Reading Vs Sheffield Wednesday, Sat 27 Feb 2010

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Reading manager Brian McDermott will be without winger Jobi McAnuff for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday.

McDermott saw his side progress to the FA Cup quarter finals on Wednesday night after a dramatic 3-2 extra time win at West Brom which was only marred by McAnuff`s dismissal after the final whistle for violent conduct.

McAnuff will start a three-game ban against the Owls - which also rules him out of the cup tie with Aston Villa - to leave McDermott with a selection headache.

McAnuff and Jimmy Kebe have excelled in wide roles in recent weeks and with no other out and out wingers available McDermott may have to change formation.

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson returned to the starting line-up at the Hawthorns after a recent foot injury and scored the winner so should continue, while striker Shane Long serves the fourth and final game of his suspension.

Midfielder Jem Karacan has had an operation on his broken hand and could be out for several weeks, while Brynjar Gunnarsson (dead leg) and Kalifa Cisse (groin) could be involved. McDermott also has on-loan Blackburn defender Zurab Khizanishvili available again.

Jermaine Johnson and Francis Jeffers have returned to training but neither are likely to be involved for Wednesday.

Johnson has been beset by hamstring troubles but is now back in full training, while fellow injury victim Jeffers has also resumed working with the first team.

Neither are set to face the Royals, though, and the same goes for Tommy Miller (hamstring) who will play for the reserves before making his comeback.

Darren Purse and Lewis Buxton are both ruled out by hamstring injuries as well, while Preston loanee Eddie Nolan will be hoping to start from the off after being on the bench against Ipswich last weekend.

Wednesday currently lie 21st in the Coca-Cola Championship, one point above the relegation zone and one point behind this weekend`s opponents.

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