Team news for the Boro clash fixtureAfter completing a suspension, Orlando Sa comes straight back in to start against Middlesbrough.
Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi also starts, with young goalie Stuart Moore manning the bench.
After making his first start for the Royals last weekend, midfielder Lucas Piazon retains his starting place. Andrew Taylor, formerly of Boro, is available from the bench against his old club.
Reading: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Obita, McShane (c), Hector, Norwood, Williams, Piazon, Blackman, Robson-Kanu, Sa.
Subs: Moore, Taylor, McCleary, Hurtado, Tshibola, John, Cooper.