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Team news | Four Academy graduates start season opener

Rinomhota, Richards, Loader and Barrett all in the starting lineup for Owls clash

3 August 2019

Reading's first matchday squad of the Sky Bet Championship season is one awash with our Academy talent - with four graduates of our youth system starting against Sheffield Wednesday.

Player of the Season from 2018-19, Andy Rinomhota starts alongside Josh Barrett, Omar Richards and Danny Loader for the Royals, with three further Academy players available from the bench in Tom McIntyre, Andrija Novakovich and Michael Olise.

Everton loanee, João Virgínia gets the nod in goal for the start of the season, with Liam Moore and Matt Miazga continuing their successful central defensive partnership that anchored the second half of last season.

Andy Yiadom, now wearing the number 17 shirt, is at right-back, with Richards at left-back. Last season's top scorer, Yakou Méïté is in the XI alongside Modou Barrow on the flanks.

New signings, Michael Morrison and Charlie Adam are available from the subs' bench this afternoon, with Sam Baldock among the substitutes as an attacking option.

José Gomes has named a side which is likely to be one of the youngest in the division, with the average age of the Royals' starting line-up coming in at 23 years, 3 months and 20 days.

For the visitors, Steven Fletcher will lead the line up front, with plenty of attacking power among the substitutes for the Owls in Fernando Forestieri, Jordan Rhodes, Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu.

Reading: Virgínia, Yiadom, Miazga, Moore (c), Richards, Rinomhota, Swift, Barrett, Barrow, Méïté, Loader.
Subs: Walker, Morrison, Baldock, McIntyre, Olise, Novakovich, Adam.

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lee, Börner, Lees (c), Hutchinson, Bannan, Odubajo, Reach, Harris, Fletcher.
Subs: Dawson, Fox, Rhodes, Pelupessy, Nuhiu, Joao, Forestieri. 

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