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11 September 2015

Tommy Oar is raring to go if called upon to make his Town debut in tonight's televised clash with the Royals

  • Town back in action against Reading
  • Game at the Madesjki Stadium kicks-off at 8pm
  • Live Sky coverage of tonight's clash 

Tommy Oar insists tiredness won’t be an issue ahead of tonight’s match against Reading, as he looks to make his first appearance for Town.

The winger has been on international duty with Australia this week, setting up a goal in the win over Tajikistan, but believes there will be no question of him being jetlagged if called upon by the gaffer.

“I’m used to the travelling because I’ve been doing it for five years when I’ve been in Holland. It’s just a matter of doing the right things so you recover properly,” Tommy told the official Club website.

“I feel really good. It might take me a week or so to get used to the different style of football and meet all the boys but I feel good and I’m itching to get going.

“Right now, things are out of my control in terms of being selected but I’m just going to try and adjust as best as I can and impress in training.”

Despite being nine hours ahead in his native Australia, Tommy’s family will be watching as he looks to make his maiden Town appearance. That won’t be a new thing, however, as his family have a history of watching him play at all hours.

“My family watched all of my games when I was playing in Holland. They’re used to waking up in the middle of the night and when I was growing up, I always woke up at these crazy hours to watch English football.

“Maybe they won’t all be watching because they’ll be working, but I think if they can, they will.”

Team news

Mick McCarthy has confirmed that the trio of Christophe Berra, Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick have all shaken off their respective injury concerns and are in the squad for the trip to the Madejski Stadium. Teddy Bishop and Kevin Bru are back in full training, having recovered from their injury concerns, but won’t play a part in Friday night’s game although they are likely to play a part in Monday’s U21 fixture against Birmingham.

Steve Clarke could hand debuts to loanees, Matej Vydra and Lucas Piazon who joined the Club towards the end of the transfer window from Watford and Chelsea respectively. Elsewhere, defender Paul McShane is a doubt for the Royals, after suffering a back injury which forced him out of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Where they stand

Town – 3rd
Reading – 13th

Last time they met

A solitary first half goal from Jamie Mackie was enough to give the Royals all three points at Portman Road in February. Town dominated the possession, and the chances, but failed to take advantage of these, missing out on the chance to climb into third in the Sky Bet Championship.

Key Players

Jonas Knudsen

The Danish left-back has seamlessly slotted into the position vacated by the outgoing Tyrone Mings in the summer. Proving to be much, much more than just a long throw-in specialist, Jonas has impressed with his defensive exploits also, putting in a number of vital tackles and blocks to prevent the opposition from scoring.

Matej Vydra

A deadline day loan signing from Watford, Vydra was a massive part in the Hornet’s promotion campaign last season, scoring 16 times in 42 appearances as they finished second in the Championship. Vydra will no doubt bolster the Royals attacking prowess and could be in line to make his debut this evening.

Sky Bet Odds

Being the home side, Reading are the favourites, available at 23/20 with Sky Bet to win the game. Town, on the other hand, are valued at a generous 13/5 with the draw at 21/10. The Blues have had no problems scoring goals thus far this season, bagging two in every league match so far, and are 5/2 to score two or more on Friday.

Match Officials

Referee: Roger East
Assistant Referees: Andrew Fox & Andrew Garratt
Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear

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