Paul Ince set to take charge of Reading for the first time against Birmingham

Interim Reading boss Paul Ince has some decisions to make ahead of Tuesday night’s Sky Bet Championship game against Birmingham.

The 54-year-old former Manchester United and England midfielder, whose son Tom is on loan to the Royals from Stoke, took charge on Saturday night just hours after Veljko Paunovic left after guiding the club to a 3-2 win at Preston. in what turned out to be his last match at the helm.

Ince had little time to enforce the rule on a side winning for the first time in 12 league games at Deepdale, where former Rangers winger Brandon Barker made his debut as a late substitute after signing a short-term contract.

Centre-back Tom McIntyre was also used on the bench at the weekend for the first time since being ruled out with injury in August, but midfielder Josh Laurent has missed the last two games due to injury. ankle problem and Dejan Tetek, Femi Azeez, Felipe Aararuna, Scott Dann and Alen Halilovic are still out.

Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer will check Manchester United players Tahith Chong and Teden Mengi before naming his squad.

Midfielder Chong hasn’t played since October after undergoing thigh surgery but is back in training and one step closer to a comeback.

Defender Mengi missed Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Stoke with a hamstring problem but Bowyer doesn’t expect him to be out for too long.

However, Marc Roberts (hamstring), Troy Deeney, George Friend, Scott Hogan (all calf) and Taylor Richards (ankle) are still on the casualty list.

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