The 30-year-old is in the starting XI after moving on loan from Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day.
Pavel Pogrebnyak has recovered from a calf injury and makes the Reading bench after training this week.
Fulham striker Matt Smith is available to make his debut after joining from Leeds United.
Cottagers manager Felix Magath has an otherwise fully-fit squad as his team goes in search of their first league win of the season.
Reading: Federici, Gunter, Obita, Hector, Pearce, Akpan, Norwood, Mackie, Taylor, Cox, Murray
Subs: Andersen, Long, Cooper, Kuhl, Edwards, Blackman, Pogrebnyak
Fulham: Kiraly; Voser, Bodurov, Burn, Kavanagh; Hoogland; Parker, Hyndman; David, Smith, McCormack
Subs: Stafylidis, Hutchinson, Zverotić, Rodallega, Roberts, Christensen, Bettinelli