Gunnarsson blow hits Royals

Midfielder suffers knee injury

Gunnarsson: Knee injury

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Reading midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson looks set to be sidelined by a knee injury for the festive programme.

Gunnarsson sustained the problem during the first-half of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Birmingham at St Andrews.

Royals boss Steve Coppell expects to be without the midfielder for at least a fortnight during the busiest period of the season.

Coppell said: "He has got stitches on his knee. He is very stiff and sore and he is going to be out for a while, a couple of weeks at least."

And Coppell praised the performance of midfielder Stephen Hunt after his second-half penalty ended a run of six successive away defeats for the Royals.

It was their first point on their travels since sharing the spoils with Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening day of the campaign.


Coppell said: "I would say Stephen typifies the spirit of our team with his work-rate and effort. That is a man who was a free transfer from Brentford three or four years ago.

"It just shows what a professional can achieve if he is really dedicated and applies himself."

As regards ending their lean away record, Coppell said: "It is not important for me but significant because that's been a 'handle' everyone places on us.

"I don't look at it that way. I just look at each individual game and think 'have we prepared properly' and the answer more often than not is 'yes'.

"We have played poorly away from home on occasions but we have been more competitive in the last couple of matches. We should have got something from the Manchester City game and this was probably a fair result at St Andrews."