ROVERS TEAM NEWS: Martis and Stock in contention for Reading trip

STOCK BACK IN: Influential Rovers midfielder Brian Stock is back in the squad for the trip to Reading.

STOCK BACK IN: Influential Rovers midfielder Brian Stock is back in the squad for the trip to Reading.

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SEAN O’Driscoll is toying with the idea of throwing Shelton Martis and Brian Stock in from the start at the Madejski Stadium.

The pair, who both underwent ankle surgery in the summer, successfully came through a full 90 minutes in a training ground match against Grimsby Town on Tuesday.

O’Driscoll said: “Both of them are ready to come back in.

“They played for an hour last week against Huddersfield and got a full ninety under their belts earlier in the week.

“It’s a difficult one deciding whether to put them into a game in which there’s quite a bit of pressure.

“I suppose you only find out if they’re ready for it by sticking them in.

“It’s something we’ll have to think very carefully about.”

After Rovers conceded two soft goals at Cardiff, Martis is the more likely of the two to start in tomorrow’s basement battle,

O’Driscoll will be more hesitant when it comes to Brian Stock.

The Welsh international midfielder is way ahead of schedule after there were initial fears his ankle problem would keep him out until the New Year.

O’Driscoll’s main dilemma is whether to again start with three centre halves or revert to a flat back four.

Milan Lalkovic, who scored the only goal of the game against Grimsby, could partner James Hayter in attack.

Reading striker Simon Church is pushing for a starting place after coming through 90 minutes and scoring twice for the reserves on Monday night but Noel Hunt is likely to miss out due to a back problem.