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Major Injury Blow For Reading FC Striker

Dominic Samuel's loan spell at Coventry had been attracting plenty of praise but once again the young forward's development has been hit by an injury blow.

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Samuel has been on loan at Coventry since the end of January and scored six times in just 14 appearances for the League One strugglers prompting some to call for him to return to Reading where he's made just two appearances since turning professional in 2011.

However, his season now appears to have been brought to an abrupt end after a bad tackle from Leyton Orient's Marvin Bartley in their 1-0 defeat at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday night. The tackle resulted in a fractured ankle for Samuel which will reportedly require season-ending surgery.

Coventry boss Tony Mowbray was quick to praise Samuel's impact at the club, telling the Coventry Telegraph.

"I have to say Dominic has been terrific for the club even before I came in. He's scored goals, linked the play and worked extremely hard. He's a decent character around the dressing room so it's a blow for us and the lad, of course."

Mowbray has also hinted that more young Reading players could make the move up to the Midlands and join the Sky Blues, with Samuel a player he'd be interested in seeing back in a Coventry shirt.

"I've spoken to Steve (Clarke) at Reading and we'll see if we can pick it up again in the summer time," he said.

"Hopefully he'll be ready for the pre-season. It's probably going to be touch and go but let's wait and see."

"It's important to develop relationships with the clubs where the boys are from really. I've had a good conversation with Steve and Dom might not be the only one because Reading have got some good young players."

The other factor to consider here is that Samuel's present deal expires at the end of the campaign and there's been no news of an extension being talked about so far. With Samuel just 20, Reading would receive a fee even if he refused to sign a new contract but the fact that Clarke is hinting at another loan move suggests that the club are keen to hold onto the former England U19 striker.

Fingers crossed that Samuel makes a speedy recovery. He's a player that's already suffered a fair share of injuries in his young career and it's a massive shame to hear of yet another blow just as he was finally showing what he can do at senior level.

Best of luck with the recovery and rehab Dom and let's hope you can make an impact in blue and white hoops before the end of 2015.