Royals goalkeeper Rafael Cabral's injury is not as bad as first feared, boss Veljko Paunovic has confirmed.

The Brazillian stopper reportedly injured his hand after punching a tactics board following the 3-3 draw with QPR on the weekend.

As a result, he missed the 3-1 win over Peterborough United with Luke Southwood filling the gap between the sticks.

Speaking to the media post-match, Paunovic confirmed that Rafael had not suffered any breaks or fractures to his hand.

"When Rafael was first assessed, it didn't look good.

"After the scan the news was very positive and there is no fracture.

"lt' i only about pain management now.

"His wrist is swollen and painful, but we expect he can be ready as soon as possible."