Written by Jamie Fry
As nice as the weather is supposed to be on this bank holiday weekend, today could prove to be very bleak and miserable for us Reading fans.
After the devastating defeat to Ipswich last Saturday, Paul Clement did not keep his criticism of the squad quiet and has stated that there isn’t a single player whose position is safe for the final game of the season.
In his press conference this week, Clement delivered some good news in the shape of Paul McShane and Callum Harriott being available for the matchday squad. The captain could make his first appearance since January after suffering a groin injury, and his return could be a big lift to the side should he be fit enough to start. Meanwhile, Callum Harriott would be pulling on a Reading shirt for the first time this season should he see any action after a persistent hamstring injury has ruled him out for the entire campaign.
Leandro Bacuna is available once again after serving his suspension for the straight red card he received at Fulham. However, two players who will miss the game on Sunday are Omar Richards, who picked up an ankle injury in the game against Ipswich, and Tyler Blackett, who is serving the second game of his three-match ban for his dismissal at Sheffield Wednesday.
Cardiff come into arguably their biggest game of the season with a relatively clean bill of health. One major blow they have suffered is key midfield man Aron Gunnarsson will be unavailable as he has had knee surgery this week following an injury he picked up in the Bluebirds previous game against Hull, all in a bid to be fit for Iceland’s World Cup adventures this summer.