Coventry City are poised to keep Fulham defender Dean Leacock at Highfield Road until the end of the season.

Leacock linked up with The Sky Blues in early September and made two appearances for Peter Reid’s side before being laid low with an injury.

The 20-year-old is nursing a hamstring complaint but Reid is keen to retain the services of the centre half, with a deal likely to be concluded by the end of the week.

Reid was impressed with the youngster’s displays for the club and believes Coventry will derive great benefit from Leacock staying until the season’s end.

“We’re short on defenders and although we only had a short time to look at Dean before he got injured I thought the lad was terrific for us,” Reid told the club’s website.

“He can deal with it in the air, he’s strong and he can also get it down and play so I think he will be a major boost for us.”

Leacock’s contract with Fulham expires next summer and he will be looking to utilise his spell in the Midlands to press his claims for a new deal.