Manager Alex Neil is hoping that skipper Greg Cunningham is fit to lead the side against Reading this weekend, having limped off in the closing seconds of Tuesday’s game at Derby County.
The Irish international left back hyper-extended his knee in the clash at Pride Park, but after that game he was described by the gaffer as a ‘warrior’, who added in his pre-match press conference that he was hopeful he would be fully recovered for the clash with Jaap Stam’s men.
Paul Gallagher completed the game against the Rams, but was taken after the game to hospital following a band on the back of his head during the game. The manager has said that his No.12 suffered an element of concussion and whiplash and would continue to be monitored.
Club captain Tom Clarke continues to work hard behind the scenes, now over four months into his recovery period after snapping his Achilles against former club Huddersfield Town at the end of last season.
A number of players will be pushing for a start against the Royals, with Sean Maguire and Daryl Horgan both having impressed as substitutes against Gary Rowett’s men and Josh Harrop also looking for his first start since his summer move from Manchester United, after a pre-season punctuated by injury.