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Attempting to get the better of Benfica was a step too far for Reading last week, but Paul Ince has witnessed his side claim two convincing wins over Colchester United and Maidenhead either side of the 2-0 loss to Benfica, scoring six goals and conceding none in the process.

Jeff HendrickTom InceLucas Joao and Connor Wickham were all on target for the Royals in the 4-0 crushing of Maidenhead on Tuesday, and the club have since welcomed a former teenage protege back to the club for a second spell.

Following his departure from Southampton, 35-year-old Shane Long has returned to Berkshire for another stint in blue and white as Ince’s side build up to their Championship opener against Blackpool on July 30.

Wimbledon, Brighton & Hove Albion and Bracknell Town will all face off against Reading before the new domestic campaign commences, but West Ham will not be in any sort of charitable mood on Saturday.

Reading did not see any players leave the field injured in the recent win over Maidenhead, and Long should be considered for his second unofficial debut for the club against West Ham.

Long’s compatriot Hendrick can also expect another start in the middle of the park, as Ince keeps faith with the majority of the side who dispatched Maidenhead comfortably in midweek.

Despite bringing in two new goalkeepers in Joe Lumley and Dean Bouzanis already this summer, Luke Southwood could be handed the gloves from the off this weekend.

As for West Ham, centre-back Angelo Ogbonna made his long-awaited comeback from a knee injury against Boreham Wood and completed 23 minutes of the encounter with the fifth-tier side.

Declan RiceTomas SoucekJarrod BowenNayef Aguerd and Alphonse Areola were all absent from Tuesday’s friendlies, but the international stars are being put through their paces in training and should compete for minutes here.

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Ogbonna may be fit enough to play the first 45 minutes against Reading as he builds up his match fitness, while new signing Flynn Downes completed the full 90 on his debut against Ipswich.

Reading possible starting lineup:
Southwood; Yiadom, McIntyre, Holmes, Ejaria; Ince, Hendrick, Fornah, Hoilett; Long, Joao

West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Ogbonna, Zouma, Cresswell; Rice, Downes; Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma; Antonio

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