The future of Royston Drenthe lies in the hands of Reading according to Stuart Gray.
Winger Drenthe appears to have played his last game for Wednesday after missing the win over Wigan, with his absence down to ‘personal issues’ according to Gray.
Speculation has linked the Dutch forward with a move to China during January but Gray insists it will be Reading’s decision where Drenthe’s future lies.
And the Owls head coach reiterated his desire to extend Drenthe’s stay with his loan deal now expired.
“We have asked Reading the question,” Gray said.
“We’ve given him the opportunity to play football.
“He’s settled in very well with the lads.
“It will be down to Reading’s decision.
“He was not involved at Wigan for personal reasons.”
Gray also insists he would like to keep Lewis McGugan at the club but remains at the mercy of his parent club Watford, who could look to sell the attacking midfielder this month.
McGugan’s loan deal from Vicarage Road expires today and Watford are said to be open to offers for the 26-year-old.
He said: “The problem you do have is that when the window opens, it’s whether someone puts a bid in to Watford that is acceptable.
“He wants to stay here.
“He’s getting plenty of minutes, he’s up to full match fitness and he’s enjoying his football.
“We’re desperate to keep him.
“He showed at Wigan, on a difficult pitch, his qualities.
“I’d imagine he’d be a little disappointed because he’s not been on the scoresheet.”