Skipper returnsJem Karacan is handed his first start in 18 months as he prepares to captain the Royals against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon.
After an injury nightmare the skipper is one of five changes made by Steve Clarke, with Nathaniel Chalobah also back in the starting line up after time on the sidelines.
Reading: Federici, Gunter, Ake, Hector, Pearce Karacan (C), Chalobah, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Mackie, Pogrebnyak
Subs: Andersen, Cooper, Akpan, Norwood, Blackman, Appiah, Yakubu
Blackburn: Eastwood, Henley, Spurr, Kilgallon (c), Olsson, Cairney, Spearing, Williamson, Marshall, Brown, Rhodes
Subs: Steele, O'Sullivan, Songo'o, P. Taylor, Lenihan, Evans, Conway