Veljko Paunovic responded to rumours that the Royal's have accepted a points deduction as well as opening up about managing the team from home after testing positive for Covid-19.

Assistant manager Marko Mitrovic took charge of the Royal's 1-0 loss to Millwall with Paunovic only able to watch from afar.

He also said he was "feeling fine" but it was "difficult" not being able to prepare the team in a post-match Zoom press conference.

The boss said: "I'm feeling grateful and thankful that I had an opportunity to be double vaccinated.

"I really feel fine despite the positive test and minor symptoms I feel good.

"It was horrible. I don't want to compare it to anything. We did hold Zoom meetings and with the players individually and as a group but it's not the same.

"The proximity is very important and being able to sense what's going on out there and being able to communicate directly is irreplaceable when you can't do it in person.

"Not being to help or support the team is very difficult."

When asked about the rumours that the Royal's had accepted a nine points deduction the manager didn't give anything away.

He said: "The major thing we have right now is the situation with the team.

"We have to regroup and prepare for Saturday, that's the only focus we have right now.

"We are not going to wait passively for the storm to hit so we have to do our job and we know we need to work and get points, and recover as soon as possible our confidence and winning streak."