Premier League team news: Reading v Manchester City

Hope Akpan might be back, which is very interesting. Photo: PA

Reading could welcome midfielder Hope Akpan back into their squad for the visit of Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on Tuesday evening.

The 21-year-old has missed the last four games with an ankle injury but could struggle to force his way into Nigel Adkins' starting line-up following last weekend's 4-2 win at Fulham.

Winger Jimmy Kebe (groin) is still sidelined with Adam Federici (ankle) also likely to miss out once again.

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is suspended for the trip to Reading after his sending off in the FA Cup final against Wigan.

City may consider other changes as they look for the point which will secure the consolation of second spot after their failure to retain the title and Wembley disappointment.

Winger Scott Sinclair in the other notable absentee after surgery to remove a blood clot from his shoulder last week.

Provisional squads

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

Man City: Hart, Pantilimon, Richards, Maicon, Kompany, Nastasic, Lescott, K Toure, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Rodwell, Silva, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko, Razak.