Star midfielder Michael Olise could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he suffered a shoulder injury in Tuesday's win against Coventry City.

Olise was withdrawn in the second half and was seen clutching his shoulder as he left the field.

The 19-year-old has been an integral part of the Royals success so far this season and was named as the EFL Young Player of the Month last week.

He currently leads the assists charts in the Championship, having set up eight goals so far this season - as well as finding the back of the net himself on four occassions. 

Paunovic couldn't confirm post-match the definite length of his expected absence, but confirmed that he will undergo a scan on the injury in the coming days.

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The Royals boss said: ""It is a shoulder injury which has to be assessed by a specialist on Wednesday.

"At first look by our medical department, the assessment is he will be out for a long time.

"But, we will have to wait for a bigger picture of the injury.

"It doesn't look bad but let's wait for the next 24/48 hours and until we have an opinion from the specialist and we have had a scan done."

Paunovic also confirmed that Yakou Meite, Felipe Araruna and Andy Yiadom could return before the end of the month.

Liam Moore and George Puscas are expected to be back from their respective injuries in February.