Preview: Millwall vs. Reading

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KENNY Jackett could be tempted to name an unchanged line-up from last week’s impressive 3-1 away win at Burnely as the Lions take on Reading at the The Den tomorrow.

Millwall emerged from last week's international fixtures unscathed with no new injury problems to contend with, following the involvement of David Forde, Hamer Bouazza and Harry Kane for the Republic of Ireland, Algeria and England U19s respectively.

Forde and Bouazza were both unnamed substitutes for their countries, while Tottenham loanee Kane bagged a goal against the Czech Republic.

Forde and Kane should retain their starting positions, while winger Bouazza is also expected to be involved following his performance against Burnley, in spite of his recent controversial interview with an Algerian newspaper.

The Lions, however, are expected to be without Liam Trotter and Jack Smith, who are both rated doubtful with injuries sustained last month. Midfielder Trotter is still struggling with a minor muscle tear while full-back Smith continues his recovery from a nasty facial injury.

The pair should return to first-team affairs for the crucial trip to Nottingham Forest next Saturday.

Forward Darius Henderson is expected to have fully recovered from a knock which restricted him to a substitute’s appearance last weekend, although the Lions' top-scorer may have to settle for a place on the bench against his former employers, following the goalscoring-performances of Kane and Andy Keogh at Turf Moor.

Tottenham loanee Ryan Mason and goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall continue their recoveries from knocks and were expected to train this week. The pair could be involved in some capacity against The Royals tomorrow.

Reading are able to welcome back full-back Shaun Cummings for their visit to the The Den with the former Chelsea man shaking off an illness.

Duo Jem Karacan and Kaspars Gorkss both look likely to play despite both being involved in international duty this week for Turkey and Latvia respectively.

The promotion-chasing Royals have won their last five matches in a row including, most recently, a notable 2-0 away win at Middlesbrough, which has seen them climb to third in the Championship table and labelled the form team of the division.

Reading are expected to name an unchanged line-up from their trip to the Riverside Stadium, with former Blackburn forward Jason Roberts and Noel Hunt set to start up front against the Lions.

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