Henderson sidelined with knee trouble
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The tall hit-man had only just recovered from an ankle injury but Henderson has since had trouble with his knee.
The Royals physio Jon Fearn told the club's official website: "Since returning from his ankle problem he's had some problems with a recurrence of his knee injury, due to the hard ground and the intensity of some of the training sessions.
"It hasn't settled so we've had to pull him out for a few weeks.
"We're estimating three or four weeks - it'll be as long as it takes.
"It's Darius' decision as much as mine. He didn't feel he was doing himself justice, and it was playing on his mind, so it's wise to get it right at this time."
Meanwhile, Reading boss Alan Pardew believes he has a future gem in teenage midfielder/defender Ahmet Rifat.
The 16-year-old has had some time training with the first team and Pardew thinks he may make his debut with the top squad by the end of the season.
Pardew told the Reading Chronicle: "We took him up with us (to Grimsby) so he could experience what it was like to be involved with the first team.
"I wasn't going to play him but that wasn't the point. I wanted him to feel part of the team and learn from it.
"But I've no doubt that Rifat is good enough. I think he's the best 16-year-old I've seen at this club in the five years I've been here.
"In fact, looking back he has to be the best player for his age since Neil Webb played for Reading.
"I rate him even higher than the likes of James Lambert and Stuart Lovell at this stage of his career. He's that good."