Midweek Sport - - THURS­DAY SEPT 27 -

HAL ROB­SON-KANU reck­ons an­other great cup run could kick-start Read­ing’s sea­son.

The Roy­als travel to fel­low Premier League strug­glers Queens Park Rangers hav­ing picked up just one point so far.

But they have en­joyed two crack­ing FA Cup runs un­der cur­rent boss Brian McDer­mott in re­cent years and see no rea­son why suc­cess in the Cap­i­tal One Cup can’t have a sim­i­lar ef­fect.

Wales in­ter­na­tional Rob­son-Kanu said: “It’s a cup game and we know all about cup com­pe­ti­tions over the years.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to it and we will be fully fo­cused.”

Read­ing will go into the game on the back of a 1-0 de­feat at West Brom.

Rob­son-Kanu added: “When re­sults aren’t go­ing your way, you need the big char­ac­ters to step up to the plate and we have cer­tainly got the peo­ple in the chang­ing room to do that.

“I am sure over the course of the sea­son we’ll show that and prove a lot of peo­ple wrong.”

Winger Jimmy Kebe could be passed fit in time to make the Lof­tus Road clash his first game of the sea­son but vet­eran striker Ja­son Roberts is still side­lined with the calf in­jury he picked up in pre-sea­son.

Mark Hughes’ Hoops, who lost 2-1 at Tot­ten­ham on Sun­day, will be with­out four ex­pe­ri­enced de­fend­ers.

An­ton Fer­di­nand, Jose Bos­ingwa, Ar­mand Traore and Fabio are all out, along with striker Andy John­son.

Stephane Mbia and Adel Taarabt have both been passed fit to bol­ster the mid­field and Kieron Dyer is set for his first start in more than a year.

The for­mer Eng­land man’s last one was the open­ing day of last sea­son but he im­pressed as an early sub at White Hart Lane and has de­clared him­self fit­ter than ever.

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