Reading manager Brian McDermott once again left in-form striker Adam Le Fondre on the bench for the visit of Sunderland.
The 26-year-old has struck five goals in his last three Barclays Premier League games, all after being introduced from the bench.
Hope Akpan was handed his first start in place of Jem Karacan whilst Garath McCleary replaced Danny Guthrie.
Sunderland named the same side that drew 0-0 with Swansea on Tuesday night with new signing Danny Graham among the substitutes.
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