Wayne Bridge, Billy Sharp and Danny Williams could return to the Reading squad for the visit of QPR.
Left-back Bridge is fit after missing last weekend's 5-2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday with a knee injury and striker Sharp has shaken off the groin problem which has restricted him to just three minutes of action since joining on loan from Southampton in September.
USA midfielder Williams is also back in training after missing the last seven matches with a foot injury.
But winger Royston Drenthe (foot) remains sidelined along with long-termers Jem Karacan (cruciate), Jason Roberts (hip) and Mikele Leigertwood (ankle).
QPR will be without Alejandro Faurlin for the trip to Reading.
Argentinian midfielder Faurlin suffered a cruciate injury during last weekend's 2-1 win over Derby and is likely to miss the rest of the season.
He is added to a growing injury list which also includes Nedum Onuoha, Niko Kranjcar (both hamstring), Tom Carroll (ankle) and Bobby Zamora (knee).
But Gary O'Neil could replace Faurlin in midfield if he shakes off the couple of knocks which saw him rested last Saturday while forgotten man Samba Diakite may also be added to the squad after playing for the reserves this week.