Team news for Checkatrade Trophy clashGoalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola returns to action after a recent injury lay-off and starts in goal this evening at Southampton in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The goalkeeper captained the Royals in the first two group games in this competition – helping the Royals to a win at Bristol Rovers, and saving four penalties to earn a shoot-out bonus point in Portsmouth.
The rest of the team blends youth with experience – there are five outfield starters who have played competitively for our first-team, while two are still Academy players.
Reading: Jaakkola, Watson, Medford-Smith, Cooper, Keown, Wieser, Rinomhota, Barrett, Loader, Meite, Smith.
Subs: Southwood, Vancooten, East, Bennett, Frost, Griffin.