Royals manager Veljko Paunovic explained the reason for the absence of defensive duo Tom McIntyre and Andy Yiadom in Saturday's draw with QPR.

The pair were both absent from the Reading squad after impressive displays in recent weeks.

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Paunovic confirmed that McIntyre missed the game as a result of a knee injury that had swelled up and it was 'impossible' to recover him for the game.

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Yiadom, who has endured an injury-plagued campaign, missed the game as a result of a 'small grade one hamstring injury'.

Paunovic said both the injuries 'shouldn't be' long term, but the club will be cautious.

The manager said that he is 'confident' they'll be back after the upcoming international break.