Writer: Steve Guscott
Date:Tuesday August 10 2010
11th August 2010
After an opening day defeat to Scunthorpe, the Royals travel to Torquay with a depleted squad thanks to injuries and international call ups. Brian McDermott will hope a makeshift side can come through a tricky looking first round tie.
Midfield maestro Jem Karacan -
'I made my debut in the league cup so I always look forward to it when these games come around.'
Left back Marcus Williams -
'All the boys were disappointed after Saturday, but it was my debut so I am looking towards Wednesdays game now.'
The home side will have to do without striker Martin Gritton, who picked up a knock on Saturday, but have a ready made replacement in Billy Kee who will make his debut.
Paul Buckle has a fully fit squad to choose from other than that, and will name much the same side that beat Northampton.
Striker has a fantastic scoring record in the lower leagues and conference. He will be the major threat to a makeshift Royals defence.
Brian McDermott will be without a whole host of players including Gylfi Sigurdsson, Adam Federici and Simon Church who are on international duty, and Jobi McAnuff, Matt Mills and Shane Long through injury.
Jem Karacan should be fit after hobbling off on Saturday against Scunthorpe, and youngsters Jordan Obita and Lawson D'Ath are in the squad.
Ben Hamer will be in goal, and Noel Hunt hopes to return from injury to start upfront.
Big striker has not seen much football under Brian McDermott, who has prefered one upfront. However as the only striker guaranteed to be available, he will start and needs to score some goals to stay in the team.
Reading 6-1 Torquay, April 1992
Jonathan Moss will take charge of this fixture.
With so many players out, this is a potential banana skin. I am backing us to come through with a 2-0 win.
Saturday 14th August 2010, Portsmouth (A)
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