Andy Rinomhota will make his first Football League start, with the Academy graduate making the line-up as the Royals take on Bristol City
The midfielder has started Carabao Cup games in the past and made his league debut off the bench against Preston back in September, but he will have the chance to impress from the start at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Sam Walker returns in goal, with injuries to Vito Mannone and Anssi Jaakkola meaning George Legg makes the bench for the Royals.
Mo Barrow returns to the starting line-up, with John O'Shea continuing at centre-back alongside Liam Moore.
Reading: Walker, Yiadom, Blackett, Moore (c), O'Shea, Bacuna, Rinomhota, Kelly, Méïté, Barrow, Baldock.
Subs: Legg, Gunter, Swift, McCleary, Aluko, Ilori, McNulty.
Bristol City: O'Leary, Dasilva, Webster, Brownhill, Diédhiou, Taylor, Walsh, Eliasson, Pack (c), Kalas, Hunt.
Subs: Maenpaa, Baker, O'Dowda, Weimann, Kelly, Paterson, Eisa.