After a 15-week hiatus from competitive action, the Royals are finally back in action. And the big news on the teamsheet is the inclusion of Lucas João, making his long- awaited return for the first time since New Year’s Day.
Teenage attacker Michael Olise is also named in the starting XI as part of a creatively-minded midfield, alongside John Swift and Ovie Ejaria, while Yakou Méïté and Jordan Obita are likely to provide threats from the flanks.
Midfield man Charlie Adam is available as one of nine subs from the bench against his former club.
Reading: Rafael, Gunter, Richards, Moore (c), Morrison, Obita, Swift, Ejaria, Olise, Méïté, João.
Subs: Walker, Rinomhota, Baldock, McCleary, Blackett, Masika, Adam, Osho, Puscas.
Stoke City: Butland, Ince, Chester, Martins Indi, Shawcross, Clucas, Powell, Campbell, Sorensen, Thompson, Collins.
Subs: Davies, Ward, Batth, Vokes, McClean, Smith, Gregory, Oakley-Booth, Tymon.
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