Reading will be sweating over the fitness of midfielder Michael Craig for Saturday's match with Shrewsbury Town following the youngster's knock suffered in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Port Vale.

Craig, who has started the last three matches in which the Royals picked up four points, was taken off at half-time in Tuesday's win.

Replacement Charlie Savage impressed, having come off the bench and scored in Saturday's 4-1 defeat to league leaders Portsmouth.

Boss Ruben Selles, when asked following the win, admitted that the early change was both tactical and enforced, stating that the 20-year-old suffered a knock on his calf.

Coming at the end of a run of six matches in 24 days, the squad face Shrewsbury Town on Saturday before a clear week in the build-up to a mammoth trip to Cumbria to face Carlisle United.

"It is not a big injury," Selles confirmed on Tuesday. "But Michael had a contact on his calf that made him not 100 per cent."

Midfield partners Harvey Knibbs and Lewis Wing were the match-winners in midweek, while Savage is also in fine form as the Royals embark on a run of just one defeat in eight matches which has seen them pull clear of the relegation zone.