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FM Championship - Week 1 - Wigan vs Reading

Sports Interactive, developers of the Football Manager series, are running a competition this season with all 24 Championship clubs represented by blogs and forums. We're honoured to represent the Royals - but we need your input...

As you read above, we've been chosen to represent the Royals this season as laptop managers all across the country try to do better than their real-life counterparts. The League follows the official fixture list for the Championship this season, so first up is a virtual trip up the M6 to the DW Stadium to face Wigan blogger Paul.

Whilst it'll be impossible to get your input as the matches are being played, we still wanted you, the Reading fans, to have a voice - especially in which lineup we field. So here are your options below...

NB: Simon Cox hasn't been added to the Reading squad yet, nor any other signings we may make on Friday; injury reports are correct as of Friday; we have assumed that Royston Drenthe won't be involved this weekend. Sorry Royston, despite your football game antics.

1. Full Strength


So this is the lineup if we were to assume that everyone is fit and ready to play on Saturday. A vastly changed midfield, with only Nick Blackman retaining his place in the middle of the park. The defence remains unchanged, and Pavel Pogrebnyak starts up top on his own.

2. Injury Crisis


Well, this is the same lineup as was fielded against Swansea City in our final pre-season friendly, which was prettu much as close to full strength as possible. Michael Hector and Hope Akpan replace Danny Williams and Jem Karacan, Ryan Edwards is out on the wing instead of Garath McCleary, whilst Jake Taylor starts in the hole behind The Pog. The back five remain intact, though it should be noted that Jordan Obita is a slight doubt for tomorrow. The bench is largely full of untried youngsters too.

So there we go, readers. Which team should we field? In subsequent weeks we'll give you a few different lineups and formations to choose from, but for now, the decision is whether to get the magic spray out and heal the entire squad for the trip to e-Greater Manchester. The match is being played tomorrow night - we'll let you know whether it was worth the petrol/bandwidth.