First start of the year for Cox; McCleary comes onto the benchAfter a weekend game at Madejski Stadium, Royals boss Steve Clarke makes four changes to the starting XI for the trip to Portsmouth.
Ali Al-Habsi comes in between the sticks, defender Michael Hector comes in and wears the captain’s armband, and strike duo Nick Blackman and Simon Cox both start.
Meanwhile winger Garath McCleary comes onto the bench for the first time this season, as does young goalkeeper Stuart Moore after featuring for the Royals’ Under-21 side the previous evening.
Reading starting XI: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Obita, Ferdinand, Hector (c), Norwood, Williams, Quinn, Robson-Kanu, Blackman, Cox.
Subs: Moore, McShane, Sa, McCleary, Fernandez, Tshibola, Stacey.