YANN Kermorgant and Garath McCleary will both miss Reading FC’s showpiece friendly against AFC Bournemouth at Madejski Stadium tomorrow night (Friday, 8pm ko).

Both sat out of training yesterday during the club’s open day after Kermorgant, left, picked up a back problem and McCleary strained a thigh. They are now in a race to be fit for Reading’s opening Championship fixture at home to Preston North End on Saturday, August 6.

Boss Jaap Stam said: “We’re not sure, but hopefully we can get both of them fit for the first game of the season. Our physio Jon [Unwin] is very positive about them joining training next week, but you never know. We can’t be sure of that.”

However, there is better news on the injury front as Roy Beerens has recovered from a tweaked hamstring to take a full part in training this week.

The 28-year-old winger, who joined Royals from Hertha Berlin after a move to Stuttgart broke down revealed: “I had a good start then a little hamstring problem, but I’m fit again so hopefully I can play this Friday.”

Meanwhile, Stam has fielded teams mixed with youth and experience during pre-season.

But the ex-Manchester United and Netherlands defender is likely to name a much stronger side for the the visit of the Premier League Cherries.

“Towards the end of pre-season you are always working towards your first XI,” explained Stam.

“That doesn’t mean the players involved on Friday will be starting against Preston in the first game of the season.

"I’m the type of manager who looks at the opponent, their physique and their style before making choices about who will play for us.”