Reading striker Dave Kitson is facing a further four to six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in training.
Kitson has not played since injuring his knee against Middlesbrough on the opening day of the season, but was nearing a first team return before this latest setback.
Physio Jon Fearns told the club's official website: 'Kits' over-stretched going for a cross in training on Friday and has pulled the hamstring in his other leg. It's a minor tear.
'Before this he was training and therefore probably about two weeks from competitive football, now it will be around four to six weeks from here.'
Fearns also revealed that winger Bobby Convey is expected to return to training next week and that Glen Little is expected to shake off a foot problem in time to play against Fulham on Saturday.