The last days of the
pre-season are boiling up into a selection headache for Coventry Citys manager
Mo Konjic, the giant Bosnian centreback has now forced himself into the managers
thoughts by coming through a stiff work out on his thigh muscle injury.
Konjic, who cost £2 million from Monaco last season played the entire 90 minutes of a
midweek match against Hereford United and will now be pushing for a place in the side
against Southampton at Highfield Road on Saturday.
Strachan already has critical decisions to take on team selection in midfield and up
front and now Konjic appears to have added to his difficulties.
The manager is certain to play his star signings Youssef Chippo and Moustapha Hadji
which leaves other departments over subscribed.
Strachan was keeping people guessing in last weekends final pre-season friendly
against West Bromwich Albion when he left out Noel Whelan and played Hadji as a striker
alongside Darren Huckerby.
There is no chance that Whelan will sit out the start of the season because Strachan
rates him as international material.
Something will have to give up front however as the manager perms any two from Whelan,
Darren Huckerby and John Aloisi.
He faces bigger problems in midfield where Hadji, Chippo, Gary McAllister, Paul Telfer,
Stephen Froggatt, Marcus Hall, Gavin Strachan, Trond Soltvedt and Barry Quinn will be
scrapping over four places.
The centreback role appeared to have been settled with the new slimline Paul Williams
alongside Richard Shaw in most pre-season games. But Konjics recovery could force a
Coventry say they are not getting carried away by the popular belief that the first
match of the season against Southampton is a certain three points. They have beaten
Chelsea on the opening Saturday of the last two seasons, but Southampton could be a
David Jones team will feel they can get something out of Saturdays visit to