Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has told RamsTV how Lee Gregory and Martyn Waghorn are unlikely to feature against Reading after picking up hamstring injuries.

The duo came in for the Rams as a front two in the victory over Luton Town.

Derby’s experienced frontline were immediate threat, with Gregory opening the scoring within the first ten minutes from close range following Waghorn’s knockdown.

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But Waghorn came off in the opening period, clutching his hamstring. Gregory didn’t last much longer after half-time, pulling up when chasing a ball down the line.

Speaking to RamsTV, Rooney says both will be doubtful for Monday’s clash.

“That’s football and we have to adapt to that. They’ve trained really well, so it’s obviously a blow. We’ll asses them to see how they are. Both are hamstrings. As I say, hopefully it’s not too bad but I think they will both be really doubtful for Monday [against Reading],” Rooney explained.

Waghorn was restored to the side after being dropped against Stoke City.

The former Ipswich Town man looked eager to make an impression, and he seemingly enjoyed his role alongside Gregory as the duo caused Luton all sorts of problems.

Waghorn’s contract is expiring this summer. He will hope his injury doesn’t scupper his chances of making a telling impression between now and the end of the season.

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Gregory, meanwhile, joined Derby on loan from Stoke City in January. The 32-year-old has scored three goals in 11 appearances, illustrating his worth to the side.

Colin Kazim-Richards will be expected to lead the line at Reading, while the injuries to Waghorn and Gregory could see youngster Tyree Wilson given an opportunity to shine.

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