OCT 99] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
Aloisi Ready To Rejoin Sky Blue Strike Force
City striker John Aloisi should be ready to partner Robbie Keane in the Sky Blues next
Aloisi has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since
pulling up against Leeds United three weeks ago, but after a spell of rest the Australian
international is now back in full training.
The 23-year-olds injury could not have come at a
worse time for the club who had already lost talented hit-man Noel Whelan with serious
ankle damage just 10 days earlier.
The striker shortage forced boss Gordon Strachan to shuffle
his pack several times, playing Moustapha Hadji, John Eustace, Gary McSheffrey and Paul
Hall up front on different occasions.
Aloisi admitted it was difficult watching the team struggle
for a striker, but is now hoping that he can get back to goalscoring.
"It has been very frustrating for me because I had got
into the starting eleven and hit a couple of goals and then been sidelined through injury.
"I have had to miss out on three cup games and two
league games and it has been hard watching the team.
"It hasnt been easy for the manager having two
front players out with both me and Noel, but Hadji has done well to play up front because
I know it is not his favourite position.
"My fitness has progressed well and I am hoping to be
available for selection for the home match against Newcastle United a week on Saturday.
"I have been training with the lads and feeling good
so I am pretty sure I will be ready."
The former Portsmouth man was also quick to defend his
team-mates in his absence, believing that luck has been against them so far this campaign.
"I think we have been playing well most of the time
this season, but a lot of times when we play well we dont always get the results.
"The last few games have been good and I think Carlton
Palmers fighting abilities have also helped us, and both he and Gary McAllister are
doing very well in midfield."
Coventry fielded a youthful reserve team against Charlton
Athletic at Highfield Road last night but played superbly to be leading 3-0 going into the
last five minutes.
Former City man John Salako then laid on two goals for
Charlton and the match ended 3-2.
City fielded seven teenagers and had five more on the
substitutes bench, with veteran campaigners Steve Ogrizovic and Ian Brightwell
orchestrating proceedings. The opening goal after 44 minutes was scored by 16 year old
Mark Magennis from a deflection and then John Eustace and Chukkie Eribenne added two more
in the second half.
Four minutes from time Kevin Lisbie scored for Charlton and
Martin Pringle added a second in stoppage time.