JON Dadi Bodvarsson has spoken of the 'severe pain' which prevented him from taking part in Reading FC's Championship defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

The towering Icelandic striker was absent due to pain in his abdomen and spent time in hospital after waking up with the problem on Wednesday morning.

Royals suffered a fourth defeat in six league games on Saturday against the Owls, who picked up a first away win of the Championship campaign despite Liam Moore's headed consolation.

On social media after the game, Bodvarsson said: "Regarding not playing today. I woke up on Wednesday morning with severe pain my abdomen.

"I had to go to the hospital and stayed there for a day and a half.

"It was physical pain that I don't ever want to experience again, but thankfully the staff at the hospital were fantastic and now I'm back to normal.

"Back on track and healthy, which is the most important thing."

Manager Paul Clement remains unsure whether or not this will prevent him from travelling with Iceland during the international break, with Bodvarsson potentially missing out on the opportunity to play against Switzerland and Belgium.

He added: "He got ill and ended up in hospital for a couple of days.

"He had a nasty problem with his stomach. He is out of hospital now and resting at home.

"Not sure if he is going to be right enough to go away with Iceland or not.

"We will see in the next 24 hours. I don’t think it will be anything that will keep him out for the next Reading game."