Reading pundit Tim Dellor believes the club will struggle to bounce back from League One, should they be relegated this season.

With just two matches remaining, the club are inside the bottom three with Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town left to play.

The wind has been knocked out of many sails after Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Coventry City, mainly due to QPR's shock win over league leaders Burnley.

Former Reading midfielder and manager Mick Gooding believes the club will be relegated this season, while Dellor agrees and expects a long journey back to the Championship.

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Speaking on BBC Berkshire, he said: "I don’t want to be melodramatic about this, but I honestly believe with the players that are leaving and who’s still here, that it’s more likely that in two seasons time Reading are in League Two than back in the Championship if they go down now. I think they’re going to have a rude awakening in League One, it’s not going to be a stroll in the park by any means. Because of the shambles off the pitch, and it’ll become more of a shambles off the pitch because the finances will change and the owner will have less of a scooby-do what to do in League One, I think it’s going to be very difficult for Reading to even challenge to get straight back up."

A win over the Latics would lift the club outside the bottom three, however that could be only temporarily as Neil Warnock's Terriers do not play until Sunday against Cardiff City.