READING Rockets (9-5) will be looking to make amends for their National Trophy exit at the hands of Loughborough Riders last weekend when they face an NBL Division One double-header at home to Leicester Warriors (5-11) on Saturday and Thames Valley Cavaliers (10-4) on Sunday.

Rockets were soundly beaten in their semi-final game as the reigning National Cup champions secured their place in their second final of the season defeating the Alan Keane's men 91-66 at the John Madejski Academy.

Reading played both this weekend's opponents in the reverse fixtures earlier in the season as they secured away wins at Leicester (96-82) and Thames Valley (83-64).

This weekend’s hosts also beat the Cavaliers in the National Trophy pool stage, sealing an 83-68 win in Uxbridge at the end of September.

Keane was disappointed to see his team comfortably defeated by Loughborough, but knows Rockets must bounce back and be ready for two physical contests this weekend.

The Reading play-caller said: “This weekend we welcome two teams to Reading who have both shown good form of late and have deep, talented rosters, so we are expecting two tough tests.

"We envisage a physical game from both teams, especially on the boards and in the paint, an area we have shown strength in. However this could be negated by these groups so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in both contests as we look to bounce back.

"We will continue to try and play our style of game and impose ourselves, especially at the defensive end which will in turn fuel our offence.”

Rockets head into this weekend’s double-header with a couple of injury concerns.

Point guard Adrian O’Sullivan has been sidelined over the last three weeks with an ankle sprain and looks set to remain out of action until next week at the earliest.

Under 18 Sam Grant, who has been in a rich vain of form of late, joins O’Sullivan on the treatment table after injuring his ankle in an U18 game last weekend and looks set for a spell on the sidelines.

There is better news for captain Danny Carter as he made it through last weekend’s defeat to Loughborough without any further back complications, with Ronan O’Sullivan now fully fit and available for selection.

New signing Tanner Kuehn will also make his NBL Division One debut after featuring in last weekend’s National Trophy semi-final.

The 22-year-old most recently played in NCAA Division Two for Purdue Northwest and joins the Reading team before today's (Thursday) transfer deadline.