Reading’s recent record against West Brom will give them hope ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at the Madejski Stadium.
Reading hope to have former West Brom loanee Matej Vydra fit after he missed last week’s goalless draw against Burnley due to a hamstring injury, but Danny Williams remains a doubt because of his own hamstring problem.
Yann Kermorgant and George Evans are cup-tied having played in earlier rounds for Bournemouth and Walsall respectively.
West Brom, meanwhile, will be without Gareth McAuley, who suffered a hamstring injury in the Baggies’ fourth-round replay win at Peterborough having only just recovered from a thigh problem.
James Morrison (hamstring) and Callum McManaman (ankle) are also out, but on-loan Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard can play after he was not registered in time for their games against Peterborough following his move from White Hart Lane.
Kick-off at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday is at 3pm.
Reading have progressed in three of their four previous FA Cup ties with West Brom (D2 L1), including their last meeting in the third round in 2011.
In all competitions, West Brom haven’t won away at Reading since January 1995 – drawing four and losing six since then.
The Royals have progressed from three of their last four FA Cup fifth round ties, including a victory against West Brom in 2011.
However, West Brom are unbeaten in seven FA Cup games against lower league opposition since that defeat at Reading (W4 D3).
Reading’s Matej Vydra has scored six goals in his three FA Cup games so far this season.
West Brom’s Saido Berahino has scored eight goals and assisted four more in his last seven FA Cup games.
Reading are unbeaten in six games at the Madejski Stadium (W3 D3) and haven’t conceded in three home games.
West Brom have lost only two of their last 12 games, though both defeats were in away games.