Royals boss Paul Clement names two of his summer recruits in his first matchday XI of the new campaign.
Andy Yiadom and David Meyler are each selected as starters to take on Derby County in this Friday-night fixture.
Four other recent arrivals are available from the bench: John O’Shea, Sam Walker, Marc McNulty and this week’s signing Sam Baldock.
Reading: Mannone, Yiadom, Richards, McShane (c), Ilori, Meyler, Kelly, Swift, Aluko, Barrow, Böðvarsson.
Subs: Walker, O’Shea, Bacuna, Baldock, Meite, Clement, McNulty.
Derby County: Carson, Wisdom, Bryson, Keogh, Wilson, Mount, Lawrence, Lowe, Nugent, Davies (c), Ledley.
Subs: Roos, Jozefzoon, Johnson, Pearce, Bennett, Bogle, Thomas.