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Assuming the match is able to go ahead, Reading will finally play a game of football for the first time in 23 days on Monday, after a series of postponed games.
The Royals’ form has come in waves so far this campaign – four losses from their first five games was followed by five wins from six in September and October, before four more consecutive losses.
Their most recent five games have been a mixed bag but featured just the one win – an eventful 3-2 away at Swansea City – and saw them lose their last game to West Bromwich Albion.
Veljko Paunovic will hope that his side can start another positive run of form now as they hover dangerously just one place above the relegation zone in 21st.
They have not been playing like relegation candidates for the most part, but must get some more points on the board and will now come up against a side on a strong run and with a point to prove
Reading should see Ovie Ejaria and Liam Moore return to the squad after recovering from COVID-19.
Ejaria should be straight back into the starting XI but the latter may struggle to regain his place in defence with Tom Holmes and Scott Dann having forged an impressive partnership in his absence.
John Swift, Danny Drinkwater and Andy Yiadom have all also returned from injury so it could be quite a different lineup to the one that faced West Brom three weeks ago.
Derby goalscorers Kazim-Richards and Plange should continue as the front two after their strong recent performances.
The shape behind them could change, however, with Rooney potentially reverting back to a 3-5-2 system on Monday afternoon.
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Reading possible starting lineup:
Southwood; Yiadom, Holmes, Dann, Baba; Laurent; Halilovic, Drinkwater, Swift, Ejaria; Carroll
Derby County possible starting lineup:
Allsop; Jagielka, Davies, Forsyth; Byrne, Thompson, Bird, Knight, Ebosele; Kazim-Richards, Plange