Mark Bowen has named his penultimate starting eleven of the season and has made two changes ahead of an away day at Ewood Park
Gabe Osho makes way for the experience of Chris Gunter at right-back, while Omar Richards starts as Liam Moore drops to the bench.
Felipe Araruna is named as one of the nine substitutes in place of Masika who isn't part of the squad this afternoon.
Midfielder John Swift is handed the armband once more. Meanwhile, Tony Mowbray has made five changes to the side that lost at Millwall in midweek, including former Royals Academy graduate Dominic Samuel who misses out this afternoon having started in Tuesday night.
Blackburn Rovers: Walton, Nyambe, Johnson, Armstrong, Rothwell, Brereton, Holtby, Carter, Lenihan (c), Travis, Rankin-Costello.
Subs: Leutwiler, Bennett, Magloire, Buckley, Gallagher, Davenport, Vale, Chapman, Downing.
Reading: Rafael, Blackett, Gunter, Morrison, McIntyre, Richards, Rinomhota, Swift (c), Olise, Méïté, Pușcaș.
Subs: Walker, Osho, Moore, Miazga, Araruna, Baldock, Obita, McCleary, Boyé.