The international break is over and the transfer window has closed. And the Royals have named their squad for the clash at the Riverside this afternoon, including two new names on the bench.
Tomás Esteves and Alfa Semedo have travelled up to Teesside with their new teammates and take places on the substitues bench.
Pauno has made two changes to the starting eleven that beat Watford at the Madejski before the international interval - Lucas João starts in attack in place of George Puscas.
Pușcaș returns from a busy period away with Romania to take a place on the bench, while Sone Aluko is also amongst the replacements to make way for Ovie Ejaria who returns after illness.
John Swift, Andy Yiadom and Felipe Araruna all remain absent through injury, so Tom Holmes is expected to start in right-back again.
Middlesbrough keep with the same eleven who beat Barnsley two weeks ago, but loan signing Patrick Roberts is added to their substitutes bench.
Middlesbrough: Bettinelli, Tavernier, Dijksteel, Saville, Fry, Assombalonga (c), Morsy, Howson, Bola, Akpom, McNair.
Subs: Stojanovic, Johnson, Browne, Roberts, Wood, Spence, Coulson.
Reading: Rafael, Holmes, Richards, Moore, Morrison, Rinomhota, Laurent, Olise, Ejaria, Méïté, João.
Subs: Southwood, Esteves, Gibson, McIntyre, Semedo, Aluko, Pușcaș.
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