Reading are set to be hit with a second points deduction of the season for HMRC-related issues, the Reading Chronicle understands.

The Royals, currently five points clear of the relegation zone, have already been docked four points this season for failing to pay wages on time on multiple occasions in the last calendar year.

Owner Dai Yongge, the subject of eight months' worth of fan protests, has also been hit with sanctions in recent months for the running of the football club.

Reading have been late paying HMRC for over 100 days in the last calendar year, while EFL regulations only permit up to 80.

These came in October and November, with the club up to date since then.

The Reading Chronicle understands that the club will be docked two points, leaving them three points clear of the drop zone with 11 matches remaining.

It is also understood that Ruben Selles' squad, now used to being hit with hurdles, have been alerted of the news.

This is the third straight season where the club have been docked points and will take the total to 18.

Over 1,300 Royals fans will be travelling to bottom side Carlisle United on Saturday, looking to earn back the points.