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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Friday, April 19th 2019

Smith starts against the Royals

Korey Smith will make his first appearance in BS3 since August.

The central midfielder lines up against Reading and is one of two changes for Lee Johnson's side after last weekend's trip to Villa Park.

Bailey Wright is also back to captain the side as the pair step in for Niclas Eliasson and Matty Taylor, who are named on the bench.

The Good Friday encounter, City's penultimate scheduled  home game of the season, kicks off at 12pm.

“We are delighted to get Korey back in the team," said Assistant Head Coach Dean Holden.

"He’s shown in his performance against Sheffield United and his part against Middlesbrough what an important player he is for us. He brings that energy, aggression and quality to midfield. He’s a real leader and he’s in there now talking to the players and giving reminders of what we have been working on in the week.”

Watkins returns to the matchday squad for the first time since the game at Norwich on February 23rd and Holden added: “Marley played for the Under-23s in the week and had a really good performance. He’s been training well and may be somebody we can look to bring off the bench depending on how the game is going.”

City: O'Leary, Wright, Webster, Kalas, Hunt, Dasilva, Smith, Brownhill, Pack, Weimann, Diédhiou. Subs: Baker, Taylor, Walsh, Watkins, Kelly, Eliasson, Palmer.

Reading: Martinez, Yiadom Gunter, Moore, Baker, Barrow, Ejaria, Miazga, Méïte, Blackett, Rinomhota. Subs: Walker, Baldock, McCleary, Harriott, Oliveira, Loader, McIntyre.

Match sponsor: Cinema de Lux, Cabot Circus