Reading favourite Nelson Abbey starts against Port Vale, despite the centre-back facing an uncertain future.

The 20-year-old has captained his hometown club on multiple occasions this season, his breakout year, but has had interest from Premier League Luton Town as financial decisions may see him leave against his wishes.

Fellow Academy graduate Tom Holmes is set to join the Hatters, with the 24-year-old not involved in the matchday squad.

The team remains unchanged from the last home game, a 3-2 win over Exeter City on New Year's Day, with Tyler Bindon partnering Abbey at the back.

Captain Andy Yiadom returns for his first action of the year, with Jeriel Dorsett making up the back four in front of David Button.

Michael Craig; Lewis Wing and Harvey Knibbs complete the midfield trio, supplying Femi Azeez; Sam Smith and Paul Mukairu.