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Strachan Confirms Aloisi Will Be Disciplined

Coventry City will travel to Arsenal in a fortnight’s time without strikers Noel Whelan and John Aloisi.

Whelan will serve a one-match ban which will rule him out of the Highbury date. He picked up a yellow card for dissent in the 2-1 win over Charlton at Highfield Road on Saturday.

Australian striker Aloisi will be suspended for three games after his sending off in the same game.

Three other City players are also walking the disciplinary tightrope. Gary McAllister, Paul Telfer and David Burrows are all just one yellow card away from suspension.

Gordon Strachan today confirmed that Aloisi will be disciplined after the incident.

He said:

"John did take a swipe at him. In the heat of moment he had thought it was a push, but having a looked at it again we are agreed it was more.

"We will be taking disciplinary action. I can sometimes put up with a bad tackle or some backchat but if you take a swipe at someone that is different.

"Although I did not think it was hard enough to put someone down. I would not like to think that my teenage daughter would have gone down from that."

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Meanwhile there are just five days to go until the Sky Blues reveal their new playing kits for next season.

The strips were selected after a phone vote by City fans and have now been submitted to the Premiership for final approval.

They will be shown off to supporters on Saturday when the Sky Blues take on Blackburn Rovers in the key relegation battle at Highfield Road.

Teenage striker Gary McSheffrey, who made his debut against Aston Villa 10 days ago, was back in goal action at the weekend.

He bagged two as the under 17s went down 4-3 at Newcastle. Schoolboy David Brush, his strike partner, scored the other.

But McSheffrey was out stripped by Gary McPhee, who scored a hat-trick in the under19’s 3-1 win, also at Newcastle.

Tickets for two key games went on sale today. City travel to face Champions Arsenal a week on Saturday and have an allocation of 1,800 tickets.

They are in the Clock Stand and priced at 16.00 each with no concessions. They go on priority sale to season ticket holders and members (two tickets per voucher L of membership card).

A maximum of six cards/vouchers can be presented. If any tickets remain they will go on general sale on March 15.

Places for the home game against Middlesbrough on April 17 are also available on priority.

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