defender Roland Nilsson says he will play for Coventry City again just 24 hours after
thinking he had been sent to prison.
The Swedish international fractured two ribs and suffered a punctured lung in the match
against Arsenal on Saturday. But when he woke up in hospital under the influence of
painkillers, he thought he was in prison.
Coventrys manager Gordon Strachan said:
"He was a bit concerned because there was a fellow in chains in the next bed with
two men guarding him. Roland thought he had been sent to prison for his tackle on Emmanuel
Nilsson received treatment in a London hospital before being transferred to the
Midlands on Monday.
"He is confident he will be playing again before the end of the season. The
speculation his career with us is over is very premature. I have visited Roland in
hospital and he is very comfortable."
"He was a bit shaken by the journey between hospitals but he is looking a lot
"I want him to get back playing for us, not for any reasons of my own, but for our
fans to wish him farewell. They have been watching a truly world class player here for the
last two years."
Nilsson, now 35, has decided to leave England when his contract with Coventry expires
at the end of the season. He has agreed to join his former club Helsingborg in Sweden,
first as a player to help his country qualify for Euro 2000, and then as director of
Trevor Peake, now aged 42, has named himself on the substitutes bench for Coventry
Reserves against Manchester City Reserves tonight. The first team squad leaves for several
days in Scotland and with players injured and the under-17s playing against Southampton
this afternoon, there is a shortage for the reserve team.
The reserve team is: