Several Royals are currently away from the club on loan, but gaining valuable experience elsewhere.
Tennai Watson has made a solid start to a season-long loan spell with AFC Wimbledon in League One, keeping clean sheets in five of his six appearances so far at Kingsmeadow - having recently returned to the side after a short absence on the sidelines.
Striker Sam Smith is also off the mark for Oxford United - scoring his first for the U's in a Checkatrade Trophy tie against Fulham's Under-21 side, with Oxford running out 3-0 winners on the night. He has been getting valuable minutes of league football under his belt, having been involved in seven of Oxford's matches so far this season.
Young goalkeeper Lewis Ward has had to be content with a place on the bench in Northampton Town's league matches so far this season, but made his Football League debut in the Carabao Cup with the Cobblers last month.
Ward also got minutes in the Checkatrade Trophy last week, with a solitary goal from Scott Kashket proving the difference as Wycombe Wanderers beat Northampton 1-0 at Sixfields.
Liam Driscoll, also among the Royals' goalkeeping ranks, recently returned to our Academy after a short-term spell at National League South side Hungerford Town, where he kept one clean sheet in five appearances in his month for the Crusaders.
George Legg recently made a one-month switch to National League outfit Aldershot Town, making his debut on Saturday as the Shots ran out 3-2 winners against Bromley - courtesy of an 87th-minute strike from James Rowe.
For our loanees based outside England, young centre-back Axel Andrésson kept a clean sheet on his first start for Norwegian side Viking last week, in a comfortable 3-0 win against Levanger in the Norwegian second tier.
Great 3-0 win in my first game for @viking_fk 👏 now onto next game ⚽️ Heia Viking!!!!— Axel Óskar Andrésson (@axelandresson) September 2, 2018
Fresh from a call-up to the USA senior squad over the international break, striker Andrija Novakovich has made a sturdy start to his loan spell in the Dutch top tier, scoring twice in his first four appearances with Fortuna Sittard in the Eredivisie.
Joey van den Berg has enjoyed an unbeaten start to his spell with NEC Nijmegen in the Dutch second division, winning three and drawing one of his first four matches back in the Netherlands.
Finally, Danzell Gravenberch has been involved in the last three matches for KSV Roeselare in the Belgian second division, overcoming Beerschot 2-1 in their last match over in Belgium.