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Stephen Quinn And Matej Vydra To Miss Middlesbrough Clash

A tough match against Aitor Karanka's Boro side is set to be a little tougher without these first choice options available.

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Steve Clarke has a bit of a selection headache going into this Saturday's game against second-placed Middlesbrough as he confirmed Stephen Quinn and Matej Vydra will miss the game.

Speaking to GetReading, he said about Vydra:

"It's going to be reasonably short term. He damaged his knee against Bristol City.

"He didn't make Burnley and if I were to put a figure on it I would say he is probably about 25 per cent to be ready for Middlesbrough.

"So it's more likely that he should be back to 100 per cent after the international break."

On Quinn, The Royals' boss added:

"Stephen is similar. He picked up a knock two or three games ago.

"He showed typical character and determination to play through it but in training last week it started to get a bit too much.

"So he dropped out and will also be doubtful for Middlesbrough. He's probably got even less of a chance than Vydra to be honest.

"But hopefully after the international break they will both be available."

Whilst it makes things slightly trickier for Clarke, it is by no means impossible as we saw The Royals beat Burnley at Turf Moor with neither player available for selection there, with Lucas Piazon coming into the side and securing the all important second goal and Hal Robson-Kanu impressing up front alongside Blackman.

Loyal Royals will be hoping neither player is injured for too long, however, as both have made a big impression since joining the club over the summer.

How have you received the news? Does Clarke have the squad to cope without these two? Let us know below.