Premier League team news: Reading v Liverpool

Jimmy Kebe will be a key loss for Reading. Photo: PA

Jimmy Kebe will miss Reading's Barclays Premier League encounter with Liverpool at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday because of a groin problem.

Fellow midfielder Hope Akpan is a major doubt for the match because of an ankle injury sustained in last Saturday 2-0 defeat to Southampton.

Royals boss Nigel Adkins said Reading have further niggles, but no other players are expected to be ruled out.

Forward Raheem Sterling will be absent again for Liverpool's trip to Reading as the club continue to manage the teenager's thigh injury.

Winger Stewart Downing, who played in last weekend's goalless draw with West Ham despite illness, is now fully recovered.

Forward Fabio Borini and midfielder Joe Allen (both shoulder) are sidelined, as is defender Martin Kelly (knee).

Provisional squads

Reading: Federici, Taylor, Mariappa, Pearce, Shorey, Kelly, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Karacan, Robson-Kanu, McCleary, Hunt, Pogrebnyak, McCarthy, Gunter, Harte, Le Fondre, Morrison, Blackman.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Sturridge, Coutinho, Suarez, Downing, Jones, Skrtel, Wisdom, Coates, Shelvey, Suso, Assaidi, Morgan.