Shorey out for Royals
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The defender has been hospitalised since last week and the club physio Jon Fearn has confirmed that the player's season is over.
Fearn told the club's website: "Unfortunately Nicky's out for the season.
"He's had an MRI scan which showed the infection in the bone in his left foot. It's a condition called osteomyelitis, and he needs rest and antibiotics for six weeks."
In other news, Crystal Palace defender Darren Powell (pictured) will not be joining The Royals.
A fee had been agreed between the two clubs but the centre back is currently recovering from injury and is not fit enough to take a full medical.
Director of football Nick Hammond refused to rule out a move in the future for the unfortunate stopper though.
"Darren won't be joining us at the moment because he is not in a position to take a medical, and we would never sign any player before giving them a full medical," he told the club's website.
"But there's a chance we could revisit the deal in the summer."