Reading manager Steve Clarke won’t use youth players for their three remaining games because of the integrity of the league.
The Royals are mathematically safe from relegation to League One and face Brentford, Rotherham and Derby in their last three games of the season.
But although Reading are safe and effectively have nothing to play for, Clarke does not want to field an unfair side against two promotion hopefuls and relegation battlers Rotherham.
The Berkshire club have endured an extremely disappointing season in the Sky Bet Championship and are currently in 19th place.
Reading are looking to bounce back after they suffered their 20th defeat of the season on Wednesday night as they lost to Birmingham City thanks to a late Clayton Donaldson header.
20-year-old Jake Cooper started on Wednesday whilst other youngsters Jack Stacey and Andrija Novakovich came off the bench, but Clarke has been wary to use youngsters in the upcoming games.
“It’s a difficult one,” he told the Reading Chronicle. “I’d like to keep one or two of the youngsters in and around the squad but the game against Brentford at the weekend is a big game for the league.
“It’s the same with Rotherham who are fighting danger whilst Derby are fighting for a play-off place.
“I have to balance between giving one or two youngsters a chance to play and picking a stronger, more established team as I want to finish with a win at home on Saturday and victories in our last two away games.”