Football - Macheda misses Royals appointment

Doncaster resume Sky Bet Championship action at Reading without Federico Macheda, who has returned to parent club Manchester United for treatment on a hamstring problem.

PA Sport Report

Summer signing Marc De Val marked his return from a three-month injury lay-off with a goal in a 45-minute run out for the reserves in midweek but Saturday will probably come too soon for the Spaniard to be involved.

Fellow midfielder Jamie Forrester and left-back James Husband have been ruled out with torn quadriceps and a shoulder injury respectively.

Theo Robinson (Jamaica), David Cotterill (Wales), Dean Furman and Bongani Khumalo (both South Africa) and Lee McCullough (Northern Ireland Under-21s) all returned unscathed from international duty.

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