Manchester United Women supporters hang up team flags before the game Manchester United Women v Lewes Women, Women's Championship football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 11 May 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

PREVIEW: Manchester United v Reading

Manchester United will be hoping to continue to keep pace with Barclays FA Women’s Super League leaders Chelsea when they take on Reading at The Leigh Sports Village on Sunday.

Casey Stoney’s side are level on points with Chelsea but have a worse goal difference and have played a game more meaning that there is little margin for error in their quest for a first league title.

Manchester United boss Stoney will again be without long-term absentees Lucy Staniforth, Alessia Russo and Tobin Heath for this weekend’s fixture against Reading in Leigh. Attacker Lauren James picked up a knock against Everton last weekend and will also not be available to face The Royals. England duo Staniforth and Russo are back in training and are making good progress with their fitness and should not be too far away from competitive football.

Reading pair Brooke Chaplen and Fara Williams remain sidelined as they continue to recover from periods of illness while South Korean international forward Jeon Ga-eul is also out with the player not yet back in full training following a hamstring injury. Defender Kristine Bjordal Leine and forward Lauren Bruton are back in training and could come into contention if they are deemed fit enough to play.

Manchester United’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Reading is scheduled to kick-off at midday on Sunday and will be available for fans to watch live on both the BBC Red Button and on the FA Player.

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