LIAM Kelly has warned his Reading FC teammates to focus on their own game as they prepare for what he described as one of the toughest games of the season against Fulham tomorrow (Saturday).

Midfield maestro Kelly, who bagged his first goals of the season in the 2-0 win over Gillingham in midweek, wants Royals to put their dissappointing opening day defeat to Queens Park Rangers behind them.

Reading welcome Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham to Madejski Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) in what has been billed to be an eye-catching fixture.

The two sides last faced each other in the play-off semi-finals back in May with Reading eventually winning 2-1 on aggregate.

And 21-year-old Kelly says Royals know what to expect when they host the Cottagers.

“Saturday (against QPR) was hard to take," he stated.

"Not only the result but the way we played too.

“We played then a lot last season, we had them in the semi-final of the playoffs.

“We know what they are about and we know what we have to do to win.

“It's probably going to be one of the hardest games of the season so we just need to go out there and do our stuff.

“We need to concentrate on our own game.

“Last year our home form was up there amongst the best in the league so if we can do that again this season then that will put us in good stead.”

Jaap Stam could be boosted by the potential return of Paul McShane who is thought to be edging closer to fitness after suffering a slight knock in pre-season.

Meanwhile Stephen Quinn made his long awaited return to first-team action on Tuesday and could feature against the Cottagers.

Fulham's Sone Aluko will be at the centre of attention after the Nigerian has been heavily linked with a switch to Reading.

It is understood Royals have seen multiple bids knocked back for the 28-year-old but reports this week claim Reading are continuing their pursuit of the forward.

  • The Chronicle will report live from Madejski Stadium from 1.30pm tomorrow.