Reading are optimistic the calf injury that in-form Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici sustained this week will not keep him out of action for long.
Federici, 29, has regained the number one shirt at Reading ahead of Alex McCarthy, who has since left for QPR, thanks to some sublime early season form.
However, Federici was absent for Saturday’s 1-0 loss away to Sheffield Wednesday, which ended the Royals’ four-game winning streak.
"Feds felt his calf a little bit - we had to make a call,” Reading boss Nigel Adkins explained after the game.
“All being well it'll be a minor thing and we have prevented it becoming major.”
Reading are due to face Derby County away in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
Federici has played seven games this term for the Royals, having fallen off the Socceroos radar ahead of the 2014 World Cup after becoming second choice to McCarthy.
Only 18 months ago, Federici appeared to be Mark Schwarzer’s next-in-charge, but hasn’t played for Australia since February 2013.comments