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Strachan Recruits Belgian Striker

Coventry City manager Gordon Strachan has moved to aid his side's growing injury crisis by signing an international U21 striker on loan until the end of the season.

The Sky Blues have been the victims of horrific injury problems over the last few weeks with Mo Konjic, David Burrows, Moustapha Hadji, Steve Froggatt, Paul Telfer, John Aloisi and Noel Whelan all spending substantial time on the sidelines.

However the City boss has identified his forward line as the crisis area with Whelan and Aloisi still in the midst of lengthy lay-offs, Irish international Robbie Keane nursing an ankle injury and Moroccan Hadji suffering with a badly bruised foot.

Strachan today secured Cedric Rouselle on loan from Belgian side Ghent until the end of the season giving him much needed back up in that department.

The 6’2" target man has represented his country at U21 level and could be involved in Saturday’s clash with Newcastle United at Highfield Road.

One piece of good news for Strachan is the return to fitness of midfielder Steve Froggatt who has been out of action for the last four weeks after damaging a knee.

The left-sided player is now back in action and has his fingers crossed that he will be ready for this weekends fixtures against the Magpies.

He said:

"It depends on how the week progresses and what the manager thinks, but we are short of players so I would have thought he will want everybody back that he can get his hands on.

"I had a problem with the outside of my knee but I have trained over the last couple of days and although it is still a bit stiff it is coming on well.

"It is an entirely new injury that I picked up in a training session and then aggravated during one of the matches."

And the 27-year-old has dismissed rumours that he is unsettled at the club branding it ‘paper talk’.

He said:

"That was never true. I actually came in on the Monday morning after that story broke and spoke to the manager and we had a laugh and joke about it because it couldn’t have been further from the truth.

"Half of these things about players wanting to leave clubs are just made up to sell papers and make a bit of news."

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Staying Up by Rick Gekoski

CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 12 Oct 99

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