Strachan could find himself without five senior players going into Saturdays
important Premier League match at close neighbours Leicester City.
McAllister is banned for that match and there are question marks over Magnus Hedman, Paul
Telfer, Steve Froggatt and Noel Whelan.
McAllister, who captained Leicester in his five years at Filbert Street, is
automatically suspended after collecting five yellow cards.
Noel Whelan could also be suspended by the FA in London tomorrow.
The striker has to appear in person to explain why he has been booked eleven times.
Telfer under similar circumstances two weeks ago escaped with a fine.
But Whelan will also be dealt with tomorrow on another matter. He appears with manager
Gordon Strachan and goalkeeper coach Jim Blyth all three charged with bringing the
game into disrepute after a flare up between the occupants of the dug-outs at
Chelseas Stamford Bridge ground.
If found guilty he could be suspended. With only four matches to play this season and
each of them vital to Coventry Citys future, the club will not be pleased if he
Meanwhile Strachan faces worries on another front. Steve Froggatt is still under
treatment for a hamstring strain and Paul Telfer is troubled by the dead leg
he received at Everton.
But the manager will be most concerned about the well-being of goalkeeper Magnus
Hedman. A hospital scan revealed that the Swede was suffering from an abdominal strain
following his collision with Gary Pallister in last weekends controversial match
The club physios are working flat out to try to get him right for Saturdays big
If they fail, seventeen year old Chris Kirkland, at 6ft 5in the tallest man in the
club, will get his senior debut. He has been pulled out of tomorrows FA Youth Cup
semi-final to keep him injury free in case he is needed at Filbert Street.