Reading FC manager Veljko Paunovic has made two changes from the team that lost to West Brom last month as his side return to action against Derby County on Monday afternoon.

Struck by even more injuries ahead of the Decemver 11th defeat to West Brom, Paunovic's side now looks slightly healthier as they take on the Rams in a crucial relegation battle.

Talismanic midfielder John Swift has reclaimed his place in the starting XI after recovering from a hamstring injury while Junior Hoilett makes his first start since suffering an injury on international duty.

Meanwhile there's a second straight start for 17-year old academy graduate Tyrell Ashcroft.

The Royals have endured an enforced three week break due to multiple waves of Covid outbreaks in the playing staff but they kick off 2022 back at the Select Car Leasing Stadium and in desperate need of three points.

Reading start the day just two points clear of hte relegation zone with a game in hand while Derby, who have won their last three matches, remain rooted to the foot of the Championship table thanks to two points deductions totalling 21 total points lost.