Reading Football Club's new manager — whoever that may be — will have to begin his tenure without former Player of the Season Jordan Obita.
The 22 year old, who was voted Player of the Season by loyal Reading fans in 2013/14, looks like he will be out for "weeks" according to caretaker manager Martin Kuhl.
Speaking to the press after the loss against Preston North End, he said:
"Jordan twinged his knee on Thursday in the last minute of training. He might have done a slight MCL (medial collateral ligament) so he will have a scan.
"He might be out for a few weeks. So that was a shock."
The left-back (or winger?) started the season in indifferent form and has been out of the team in recent weeks, with Wigan loanee Andrew Taylor taking his place on the left side of defence. However, with the team falling short in many areas, the option of bringing in the youngster to rediscover his form may have been something Kuhl and the new manager would consider.
Now The Royals will have to go through the festive period with just one option at both full back berths, in Chris Gunter and Andrew Taylor.
Add into the mix the injured Portuguese striker Orlando Sa, a doubt for the Hull game, and Reading are facing something of an 'injury crisis', with Tshibola also out injured.