Reading Vs Queen's Park Rangers, Tue 16 Mar 2010

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Reading`s on-loan full-back Andy Griffin remains a fitness doubt ahead of the visit of QPR.

The Stoke defender missed the 2-0 win over Bristol City on Saturday after failing a late fitness test but is in contention to return for the in-form Royals` fifth home game in succession.

Midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson filled in at right-back against the Robins and could start there again while Blackburn loanee Zurab Khizanishvili is another option for manager Brian McDermott.

Reading have won seven out of eight in the Coca-Cola Championship to climb six points clear of the relegation zone and are now only eight points shy of the play-offs.

Noel Hunt and Chris Armstrong (both knee) remain sidelined while Jem Karacan (hand) and Kalifa Cisse (dead leg) are also out.

QPR boss Neil Warnock could name the same side for the fourth game in a row.

Warnock, who is yet to taste defeat following Saturday's 1-1 draw at Sheffield United, will keep faith with the same players as he looks to mastermind a late surge for the play-offs.

Marcus Bent is set to miss out again as Warnock is only able to name five loanees in his matchday squad and Carl Ikeme, Matt Hill, Adel Taarabt, Tamas Priskin and Jay Simpson have all been selected ahead of the Birmingham man in recent weeks.

Midfield duo Gavin Mahon and Martin Rowlands are sidelined with long-term knee injuries and will not make the trip to the Madejski Stadium, where Reading have won their last five league games.

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Bristol City
Jay Simpson
Carl Ikeme
Blackburn Rovers
Zurab Khizanishvili
Brynjar Gunnarsson
Andy Griffin
Zurab Khizanishvili
Jem Karacan
Kalifa Cisse
Marcus Bent
Martin Rowlands
Queens Park Rangers
Chris Armstrong
Sheffield United
Gavin Mahon
Adel Taarabt
Tamas Priskin
Noel Hunt

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