Leandro Bacuna banned for Reading



Posted Thursday, April 12, 2018 by PA

Leandro Bacuna banned for Reading

Reading midfielder Leandro Bacuna will sit out the Sky Bet Championship clash with Sunderland as he starts a three-game ban.

Bacuna was sent off late on in Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat at Fulham for a challenge on Ryan Sessegnon.

Defender Tyler Blackett has missed the last two games through illness and will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Midfielder Dave Edwards returned from a one-match suspension at Craven Cottage in the only change to the side which beat Preston 1-0 at the weekend.

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman is likely to be without defenders John O’Shea and Adam Matthews for the trip to the Madejski Stadium.

Both were forced off during Tuesday night’s 1-1 home draw with Norwich and while O’Shea is unlikely to recover in time, Matthews has definitely been ruled out.

Midfielder Lynden Gooch, who also limped off against the Canaries, has a good chance of making it, while Paddy McNair, who missed the midweek game with a knock, is expected to return to training on Friday and could yet play a part.

However, Robbin Ruiter (dislocated finger), Tyias Browning (knee) and Duncan Watmore (knee ligaments) are still sidelined.

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