Experienced Reading duo Mikele Leigertwood and Jason Roberts are closing in on returns to action.
Midfielder Leigertwood underwent an ankle operation over the summer and striker Roberts has also yet to appear this season due to a hip injury.
But both players are stepping up their training to give manager Nigel Adkins a welcome fitness boost.
Director of football Nicky Hammond said: "They are both back on the training field and have been making progress.
"It will be nice to have them both back in contention."