Veljko Paunovic has hinted that defensive duo Michael Morrison and Andy Yiadom could be in line for a return on Friday.

The Royals travel to fellow promotion hopefuls Barnsley for the first of two games in four days and the Royals manager has suggested that it will be a 'last-minute decision' regarding the pair's involvement.

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Morrison has played 34 times for the Royals so far this season, but has missed the last four games through injury after limping off during the home win over Blackburn at the start of the month.

Yiadom missed the home draw with QPR on March 20 through injury.

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John Swift, who has seen his season repeatedly disrupted by injury, is also nearing a return - but will be unlikely to feature at Oakwell.

"Swift is in the final stage of recovery, probably it is too soon for this Friday. The next couple of games he will be an option," Paunovic said.

The midfielder suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury against Stoke City at the beginning of February, having already missed a large chunk of the campaign.