manager Gordon Strachan has slammed the current system of breaks for international matches
after his side has been decimated by injuries.
Strachan had seven members of his first team squad on international duty and two of
them returned with injuries that will keep them out of tomorrows Premiership match
at home to Leeds United.
It prompted Strachan to complain:
"Football these days is based around European and international football and
domestic club football has to take a back seat.
"Coventrys supporters have paid out money for their season tickets to help
us buy top players but they dont know if they are going to see them play, or if they
do, whether they are going to see them at their best.
"I have no clue who I am going to play against Leeds United. It is the biggest
personnel crisis since I became manager.
"Some consideration has to be given to domestic club football or the game will
"Whenever I go to international matches I am surrounded by people in suits. It is
all corporate entertaining. You might have a lot of money now, but the game will
Coventry will field a patchwork side against Leeds at Highfield Road. Gary Breen
reported back from Republic of Ireland duty with a groin strain and Youssef Chippo
collected an ankle injury for Morocco against Belgium.
Paul Telfer and Noel Whelan were already under treatment for injuries in club matches
and all four have been ruled out. David Burrows will be missing through suspension and the
injury crisis has forced Strachan to recall Marcus Hall after only two days of a one month
loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He will almost certainly play at left-back.
The other first team internationals Robbie Keane, Magnus Hedman and Mo Konjic flew in
today facing their fifth match in thirteen days; the eleventh since the season began five
A bright note for Coventry was that Carling Player of the Month Keane scored twice for
the Republic of Ireland, bringing his goals total to five in five games since his £6
million move from Wolves.