Aussie striker John
Aloisi is ready to stake his claim for Coventry, but manager Gordon Strachan has not ruled
out Noel Whelan for Sundays Premiership match in Sunderlands Stadium of Light.
Whelan striker twisted his ankle awkwardly in a tackle on David Beckham in
Wednesdays 2-1 defeat by Manchester United, and was rushed to hospital.
X-rays revealed no bone damage, but as a precaution the club insisted he had a scan on
the injury which is just above his right ankle.
The club theory 24 hours after the injury was that it was ligament damage and Strachan
is hoping Whelan will be fit to resume his strike partnership with new £6 million man
Aussie striker John Aloisi took over up front with 20 minutes left and scored from his
only chance of the match.
"That goal against the top team in Europe will have done John a lot of good and
will be good for us," said Strachan. "He had been a little way off playing in
the first team during training, but I have no worries about playing him at Sunderland if
needed, because he is a natural goalscorer."
Strachan also has to decide who plays in place of the banned David Burrows who is
serving the second of his three match suspension.
Republic of Ireland central defender Gary Breen took over against United but was
substituted late on by Bosnian international centreback Muhammed Konjic.