The first starting eleven of the season has been named as we prepare to start our campaign with a cup encounter against Colchester United at Madejski Stadium.
And three players are making their competitive debuts for the Royals this afternoon!
New signing Josh Laurent starts in midfield, while Luke Southwood add his name to the Academy Honours board with a start between the posts.
Young left-back Ethan Bristow is also named in the eleven and has been registered with squad number 38.
There are a total of ten Academy graduates in the squad of 18, with midfielder Dejan Tetek, goalkeeper Jokull Andresson, defender Nelson Abbey, left-back Imari Samuels and forward Nahum Melvin-Lambert all vying to come of the bench and make their debuts against the Us this afternoon.
For today’s game only, Assistant Manager Eddie Niedzwiecki has been asked to take the team in new manager Veljko Paunović’s enforced absence due to quarantining rules in the UK.
Liam Moore wears the captain's armband, while Marc McNulty makes his first competitive appearance for the club since December 2018 following a series of loan spells away from RG2.
Colchester have named former Royal Callum Harriott in their starting eleven, meanwhile.
Reading: Southwood, Araruna, Bristow, Moore (c), Morrison, Laurent, Olise, Aluko, McNulty, Baldock, João.
Subs: Andresson, Abbey, Samuels, Richards, Rinomhota, Tetek, Melvin-Lambert.
Colchester United: Gerken, Scarlett, Brammall, Eastman, Smith, Pell (c), Stevenson, Chilvers, Brown, Harriott, Poku.
Subs: Welch-Hayes, Senior, Sowunmi, Marshall-Miranda, George, Hutchinson, McLeod.
You can download a copy of today's teamsheet here!