Reading defender Tommy Elphick will miss the next six weeks of action after sustaining a knee injury in the 2-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat to Millwall at The Madejski Stadium on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Brighton born centre-back joined The Royals from Sky Bet Championship rivals Aston Villa just last week on a loan deal until the end of the season but the player has endured a miserable start to his stay in Berkshire.
Elphick lasted just 32 minutes of Reading’s 2-0 home defeat to Millwall at the weekend before coming off with a knee injury. There were initial fears that the experienced campaigner would miss the remainder of the season however it has now been revealed by Get Reading that Elphick has had minor surgery on the injury which will rule him out until the end of next month.
The defender started his career with hometown club Brighton & Hove Albion where he spent eight years as a professional. After making 182 senior appearances for The Seagulls in which he scored nine goals, Elphick moved to AFC Bournemouth who he helped go on to win promotions to both the Sky Bet Championship and English Premier League.
Elphick joined latest club Aston Villa in summer 2016 and while the centre-back made 26 appearances for the club last season, he has struggled to retain his place in the starting XI this term resulting in a loan move to Reading.