Illness hit City strikers

08 April 2011 09:16
Coventry and Derby injury problems Coventry City could be without two of their key strikers for the trip to Derby on Saturday. Marlon King and Gary McSheffrey have both missed training this week as they have flu like symptoms. Sky Blues caretaker manager Andy Thorn doesn't not yet know if the pair will be fit to play or even travel until later today. Coventry, who have a poor recent away record travel to Pride Park to play Derby who have the worst home record in the Championship. Derby are just one point behind City and both team will be desperate to finish the game with points. Thorn said, “We are looking forward to the game, but we have got a few problems with a couple of colds and what have you, so we will have to see what happens. “Marlon and Sheffs have been poorly all week. They’ve got flu and not trained this week, so they are doubtful and we will see how Jordan Clarke’s ankle is. “I get fed up with talking about injuries and stuff like that because what happens happens and when one door closes it gives someone else a chance and we just have to get on with it, but I’ll make the final decision and we see how they are today.” If McSheffrey does miss the game, his absence could pave the way for winger Michael McIndoe to make his first start of the season for Coventry City. If Thorn persists with his diamond midfield, Bell might be chosen to play at the front. If King misses out as well, Thorn would have to choose from Platt and Eastwood as to which striker would partner Lukas Jutkiewicz, who must have secured a starting berth after his impressive second half substitute display in the 2-0 win over Watford last week. Nigel Clough has his own injury concerns as well. He will be without midfielder Paul Green until next season. He is out for about nine months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in their 4-1 defeat at Cardiff last week. Left back Gareth Roberts will be missing as well as he too suffered a knee ligament injury.  


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