BREWERS manager Nigel Clough gave an injury update ahead of Saturday’s game against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
Jamie Ward is out with a broken wrist and Kyle McFadzean faces the first game of his suspension. Other than that Clough has a full squad to choose from.
Clough said: “Jamie’s wrist was a complete freak accident, the ball hit him on the wrist and it broke. He’s had the operation already and we hope to have him back with us next week. He’s not our player so we have to be careful with him but we will get him out there as soon as we can.
"With Jamie being out, we have options of Stuart Beavon, Will Miller or Lucas Akins to go up top with Chris. We haven’t decided yet, both Stuart and Will both desperately want to be involved.”
With McFadzean being out Clough spoke of his relief to have strength in depth:
“The likes of John Mousinho, Tom Naylor and Tom Flanagan are all chomping at the bit to be involved. We have spoke with Kyle about his off the ball incidents and we hope he will cut it out of his game because other than them he has been excellent."
“With two places in the squad available, the likes of Callum Reily and Damien McCrory may come in. Them two deserve to be in an 18 and have trained really well throughout the season despite not getting the game time they probably deserve."
“Jackson Irvine is expected to return from Thailand this evening, so he should be fine to play. He is getting used to the long distance travelling, the first time he struggled but the second time he seemed much better.”