Kebe in race against time to face Scunthorpe UnitedBy Jonny Fordham
August 04, 2010
Jimmy Kebe is an injury doubt for Reading’s Championship curtain-raiser against Scunthorpe United on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
The 26-year-old winger will be given all the time he needs to recover from the groin strain that ruled him out of last weekend’s 4-2 win at Southampton in a friendly.
Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu replaced Kebe for that game, but the Mali magician will start at Madejski Stadium if he can prove his fitness.
Striker Noel Hunt also missed the trip to Saints due to an ankle injury, while Shane Long was substituted after 31 minutes following a clash of heads.
Reading boss Brian McDermott said: “We will assess Jimmy. If he is fit, he will play. We hope he will be training with the rest of the group this week.
“We’re not sure if Noel Hunt will be ready, but Shane Long should be fine.”
On the plus side Grzegorz Rasiak completed 90 minutes as Reading reserves lost 1-0 to Basingstoke Town on Monday night.
Rasiak is unlikely to start against Scunthorpe, however, as fellow striker Simon Church has pushed ahead of him in the reckoning with four goals in pre-season.
Club captain Ivar Ingimarsson will train with the rest of the first-team squad this week as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
However, he will not be ready for the visit of Nigel Adkins’ side, so Matt Mills will wear the skipper’s armband, playing alongside Alex Pearce in the centre of defence.
Left-back Marcus Williams will make his league debut for Royals against his former club, while Australia international Adam Federici will be looking to consolidate his status as Reading’s No.1.
McDermott is likely to stick with Jay Tabb and Brian Howard in the centre of midfield, while Gylfi Sigurdsson will play just off striker Church.
Jobi McAnuff, who continues to attract interest from league rivals Queens Park Rangers, will start on the left wing.