In a bizarre turn of events Coventry Citys manager Gordon Strachan has
called off Marcus Halls loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers just two days after the
Hall now finds himself likely to be playing for Coventry in Saturdays home match
against Leeds United, when it had seemed he would be making his debut for Wolves against
"My aim was to give Marcus games after his injury. I cant recall him playing
more than three games in a row without injury since I came here.
"Reserve matches are no use to him at this stage of his career. I wanted him to be
involved in competitive first team matches and he would have got maybe five of those in
his months loan at Wolves.
"Now it looks as though he will get those matches here."
Strachans squad has been hit by a series of injuries.
"I think it is the biggest personnel crisis since I became manager," said the
His causes for concern are Paul Telfer (knee) and Noel Whelan (ankle), who have been
under treatment for two weeks and Gary Breen and Youssef Chippo who have returned injured
from international duty.
Breen, who scored for the Republic of Ireland against Malta yesterday, has a groin
strain, while Chippo collected an ankle injury playing for Morocco against Belgium. In
addition left back David Burrows is serving the last match of his three-match suspension.
It has thrown Strachans team selection into confusion but it has opened the door
for Marcus Hall. If Breens injury prevents him playing Marc Edworthy is expected to
switch across to right back leaving the left back berth for Hall.
Chippos place on the left side of midfield will go to Steve Froggatt. Strachan
meanwhile is anxiously awaiting the return of the other three internationals Magnus Hedman
(Sweden), Mo Konjic (Bosnia) and Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) to check their