Reading interim manager Noel Hunt has confirmed that fan favourite Yakou Meite remains out, but is getting closer to a return.

The Ivorian, the longest-serving player at the club, has had a torrid few seasons with injuries.

Playing 39 times across the last two seasons, the 27-year-old has popped up with three goals so far this campaign.

Currently out on the treatment table, one of eight first-team players missing from the squad, there had been hopes that he would be available for the final three matches of the campaign.

However, Hunt confirmed after the 1-1 draw with Luton Town that he is still not ready for action as the Royals travel to play-off chasing Coventry City on Saturday.

"He is closer than he was last week. They are all trying everything they can to get back on the grass and that’s all we can ask. We’ve just got to take it day by day," Hunt told the media. 

With the likes of Junior Hoilett, Tom Ince and Shane Long injured- and Andy Carroll now suspended for two matches- the weight of expection falls on Lucas Joao and Academy prospects.

There is a small glimmer of hope though, with the interim boss hoping to have some back before crunch clashes against Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town.

"I doubt we will have anyone back this weekend but we’re looking hopeful for the start of next week to maybe get one or two back if we can," he confirmed.