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Paul Ince Reading Manager
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Mamadou Loum is available after serving a one-match ban, but Liam Moore is lacking in fitness and Tom McIntyre is doubtful after missing Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Luton.
Troy Parrott won’t be available until after the World Cup and Ben Whiteman is unlikely to feature.
Reading have taken 19 points from nine home games this season and that excellent record has helped them stay on track in the Championship promotion race. And there could be more joy for Paul Ince’s side when they face Preston.
Ince took charge of Reading in February, initially on an interim basis, and can be pleased with his job.
He has steered the club to safety and raised performance levels this season despite being on a tight budget.
Ince have focused on free loans and transfers but have assembled a decent squad who have been in the top half since mid-August.
Reading had a shaky October, picking up seven points from seven games, but impressed in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Luton.
The Royals were largely dominant at Kenilworth Road and they have decent options to freshen up the squad with midfielder Mamadou Loum back from suspension and veteran forwards Shane Long and Lucas Joao pushing for recalls.
Ince’s side should be able to start again and they could have more energy than Preston, who worked hard for a 1-0 success at home to Swansea on Tuesday.
Preston took advantage of a defensive error when Brad Potts delivered the decisive blow against Swansea, but they had to defend for long periods and were limited to a 28% possession share.
Ryan Lowe’s men have won back-to-back league games for only the second time this season and sit just outside the playoff spots. But they could have gone without a third game in seven days and could struggle to avoid defeat.
Reading have won six of nine league games at home this season
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 1:20 PM, NOVEMBER 3, 2022