Mark Bowen says that Garath McCleary and Chris Gunter will now be part of his Reading squad moving forward after being frozen out under Jose Gomes.

The duo have not featured this season after being left out under the previous regime but Bowen has thrown the pair a lifeline and will be adding them to his plans.

The new Royals gaffer said: "There is a way back for them.

"As far as Chris and Garath go, they have a fantastic association with his club and it was a decision that Jose made.

"The way I see it is I have been given this position now as a manager and I want to give myself the best possible chance of succeeding so why would I not have Chris Gunter and Garath McCleary in my squad to choose from."