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McSheffrey doubtful for Millwall clash

15 Apr 2011 09:07:59

McSheffrey doubtful for Millwall clash

Woods and Clarke back in training   Striker Gary McSheffrey is likely to miss out with injury on Saturday as his side take on Millwall at The Ricoh Arena. McSheffrey damaged his medial knee ligament at Portsmouth on Tuesday and had to be replaced, but the injury is not thought to be serious, but it is likely he will not be for by tomorrow. Defenders Richard Wood and Jordan Clarke have both returned to training, but Wood is not quite ready to play just yet although Clarke could be on the team sheet. Wood had a groin strain and Clarke had an ankle injury.   Sky Blues boss Andy Thorn said, “Sheffs tweaked his knee so I am not too sure, but I am not holding out too much hope for the weekend."  “We have got a tough run-in and it is important that we get him right. Woody and Clarkey both trained yesterday so we will assess them today. I am not as confident about Woody as I am with Clarke.”  Thorn is confident that whoever he has available to play will be more than capable of getting a result. “We feel we have found a good balance to the team with a lot of good players,” he said. “We want to finish strongly and we’ve talked about it. It is a nice run in because we have got three teams that are going for the play-offs and promotion but we feel we are as good as them and it will be great for us to pit our wits against them." “We haven’t set any targets but what we have talked about is pride and what we expect in terms of standards. "Two of those games are at home and one away on the last game of the season, so it is going to be great that we are going into games with still something on it and we’re kicking and pushing on and taking it into next season as well. “It has been a tough spell for us but an enjoyable one. Sometimes you can get a reaction from one game when you have a manager change over, but we feel the players have grasped what we want them to do and taken it on to another level themselves, which is good because they are taking pride in their work and what they are doing. “So I am really looking forward to these last five games and getting our foot on the pedal and pushing on.” Millwall will be without their leading goal scorer Steve Morison, who is serving a suspension for being sent off last weekend, but Thorn has warned against complacency. He said, “He is a big part of what Millwall have done but sometimes when you take the main player out it gives someone else a boost because there are always people waiting to come in and prove a point, so we certainly won’t be leaving any stones unturned in our preparation. “They are a good, strong side who are well managed and organised, so it is going to be a really tough game.”


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