Matchday squad announced for opening fixtureManager Steve Clarke names four debutants in his first XI of the season away at Birmingham City.
Goalkeeper Jonathan Bond, defender Paul McShane, midfielder Stephen Quinn and striker Orlando Sa are all in the starting line-up for the visit to St Andrew's. Aaron Tshibola also makes his first competitive start, having made one sub appearance last year and playing in League 2 for Hartlepool.
Summer arrivals Ali Al-Habsi and Andrew Taylor are amongst the subs, as is Hal Robson-Kanu after injury meant that he had to miss the pre-season games schedule.
Reading starting XI: Bond, Gunter, Obita, Hector, McShane (c), Norwood, Quinn, Tshibola, Williams, Blackman, Sa.
Subs: Al-Habsi, A.Taylor, Ferdinand, J.Taylor, Robson-Kanu, Cox, Samuel.