Graeme Lee's side were 4-1 winners over Blackburn Rovers in their penultimate Premier League Cup group game to advance to the next stage of the competition. 

The U23s will be aiming to pick up where they left off in the league at the beginning of the month, where they defeated Fulham at the Riverside.

The Boro youngsters head to the Madejski Stadium this evening to face the Royals, who are still searching for their first league win in 2020. 

The two sides last met back in October at Heritage Park, where a Hayden Hackney penalty and a goal from Rumarn Burrell earned Boro the three points.