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Strachan's Biggest Personnel Crisis

Coventry 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 tomorrow’s 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.

"Coventry’s supporters have paid out money for their season tickets to help us buy top players but they don’t 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 die.

"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 die."

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 weeks ago.

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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.

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Staying Up by Rick Gekoski

CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 10 Sep 99

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