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Carlton Palmer Joins City

Coventry City boss Gordon Strachan may have to do without the Carlton Palmer steel when his side run out at Tottenham on Sunday.

Strachan pounced to sign the vastly experienced 33-year-old former England midfielder on a three-month loan from Nottingham Forest – but Palmer may have to watch the game from the White Hart Lane stands.

Coventry are hoping his registration went through in time for time to strengthen a side which has conceded nine goals in the last two games.

But Strachan is convinced that just having Palmer, who has been in dispute with Forest, in the camp will be a help.

He said:

"We are doing a lot of things right at the moment and we are playing some very pleasing football but often it is just the luckiest side that is winning our games because they are so open.

"We perhaps need someone who can stop teams playing. Carlton is joining us for three months with a view to a permanent move."

Strachan has three young midfielders – Barry Quinn, son Gavin and John Eustace in the first team squad but clearly feels experience is badly needed. Ironically they sold former Rosenborg midfielder Trond Soltvedt to Southampton for 300,000 last month.

Strachan will be able to welcome back striker Robbie Keane, who was cup tied for the 5-1 midweek Worthington Cup defeat at Tranmere, and Youssef Chippo who missed the Prenton Park trip through suspension.

Chippo’s Moroccan team mate Moustapha Hadji is also expected back after picking up an ankle knock in the 4-3 home defeat against Leeds, but Noel Whelan, John Aloisi and Paul Telfer are still sidelined with longer term injuries.

Coventry have only lost twice in nine visits to White Hart Lane and chairman Bryan Richardson feels his side could bounce back with a win.

"We enjoy going there we have a good record over the years. We are going there with the intent to win in.

"We have lost Noel, Paul and John and have had a few other players who have not been 100 per cent and that has been a problem. We are all disappointed we are not higher up the league but there is only five points between us and ninth place and that can be made up in a couple of games.

"There is nothing wrong with the heart of the players or the spirit of the camp. On Tuesday, two or three players had what can only be described as nightmares."

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 17 Sep 99

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