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Pogrebnyak: Doubtful

Pogrebnyak: Doubtful

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak is a doubt ahead of his side's bottom-of-the-table clash with Southampton at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday.

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The Russia international picked up an unspecified injury while featuring for the reserves. Jason Roberts could be rewarded with a rare start should Pogrebnyak fail a late fitness test.

Danyy Guthrie should make his return from a thigh injury while midfielders Jimmy Kebe and Jem Karacan, as well as goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, remain long-term absentees.

Meanwhile, Saints manager Nigel Adkins has included club record signing Gaston Ramirez in his matchday squad, despite the playmaker spending the week in his native Uruguay on compassionate leave.

Frazer Richardson and Richard Chaplow have resumed full training but the former is not yet ready for a first-team return.

It should be an exciting encounter between the two newly-promoted sides with both having proven their ability to unlock opposition defences while leaking goals rather too frequently for both managers' liking.

Posted: 07/12/12 09:37

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