Andy Yiadom is back in the first team squad for the first time since an opening day win at Derby County in September, taking a place on the substitutes bench this evening.
Tomas Esteves starts on the right side though, while Sam Baldock also returns to the squad to take is place amongst the possible replacements.
Swift, Araruna, Holmes, Ejaria and Meite all remain absent through injury and they are joined by Liam Moore who picked up a foot problem at St Andrew's on Friday night that has kept him out of this evening's encounter.
Rafael Cabral takes the captain's armband this evening in Moore's absence, while Michael Morrison is partnered by Academy graduate Tom McIntyre who comes into the eleven for his first league start of 2020-21.
Tom is amonsgt six Academy graduates to feature in tonight's squad, alongside Andy Rinomhota, Omar Richards and Michael Olise in the starting eleven and Tennai Watson and Dejan Tetek on the bench.
Reading: Rafael, Esteves, Richards, McIntyre, Morrison, Rinomhota, Laurent, Semedo, Olise, Aluko, João.
Subs: Walker, Yiadom, Gibson, Watson, Tetek, Baldock, Pușcaș.
Preston North End: Rudd, Fisher, Browne (c), Storey, Rafferty, Johnson, Ledson, Jakobsen, Huntington, Sinclair, Potts.
Subs: Ripley, Earl, Harrop, Gallagher, Stockley, Maguire, Barkhuizen.
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