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Royals boss Ince has admitted that the players have run away in training, ordering him to enter the old XI at Trafford.
Right-back Kelvin Abrefa should be available again but experienced striker Andy Carroll, a former England international, is facing a race against time to be fit after an ankle injury. It is possible that the line will not be brought back until the beginning of next month. Sam Hutchinson (Achilles), Liam Moore and Naby Sarr (foot) were also on the injured list, and Dejan Tetek is another absentee.
“We are always threatened by fragments,” warned Ince. “Cup games are different, you raise your game 20 or 30 percent and you hope that every player who plays raises the standard. That’s how you kill monsters.
“I always felt that this was a bit of a distraction. Our priority is to stay in this league and it was not easy. The training this week was great and everyone ran like never before, so choosing the 11 won. ‘T won’t be easy. Some performance help us going to Watford school [in the Championship].