Reading FC manager Veljko Paunovic refused to comment upon speculation suggesting the club are set to face a points deduction from the EFL.

According to national reports earlier this week, the club 'could be docked six to nine points' after breaching spending rules.

It is the latest setback for the Royals as years of financial mismanagement begins to take its toll at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

When asked for an update on the situation behind the scenes at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, Paunovic said: "Conversations with the EFL are with our senior board and I'm not in them, and I have been informed we're still in conversation with the EFL.

"I can only focus on what we can control.

"We don't control what is happening. I'd prefer if nothing happens.

"I want to keep it very simple, I don't have any more comments.

"Everyone has been hearing these stories for two years. We know the club is fighting a difficult situation.

"But, from day one, I've said we cannot let any distractions come in from the outside. That's why I'm disciplined with my answers.

"The possibility of finances being fixed sooner rather than later depends on the players on the field this season.

"I cannot get distracted by external worries, comments or reactions."

If the points deduction goes ahead, Veljko Paunovic's side would be plunged into a relegation battle, despite the Royals accumulating seven points in the last three games.