Church ruled out of Swansea date

Date published: Thursday 24th December 2009 10:40

Church is out due to a one-match ban after he was sent off for celebrating his injury-time equaliser at Bristol City last weekend, so Shane Long will again partner Grzegorz Rasiak in attack.

Chief scout Brian McDermott will take charge at home for the first time following last week’s sacking of Brendan Rodgers and will hope for a better record at the Madejski Stadium than Rodgers – who won just once in front of the Royals fans.

Long-term absentees Noel Hunt (knee) and Brian Howard (jaw) remain out while left-back Chris Armstrong could make his first league appearance of the season after a summer knee operation.

Armstrong has been an unused sub for last two games and may feature as the Royals look for a win to pull clear of the drop zone.

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