Coventry City have
been rocked by a double injury blow. Two of their main strikers Noel Whelan and John
Aloisi will be out for at least another five weeks.
Whelan has already been out for nine weeks with an ankle problem and Aloisi has been
sidelined for seven weeks. Whelan twisted his ankle as he fell awkwardly against
Manchester United in August and Aloisi picked up a knee injury against Leeds United in
Whelan travelled to London to see a Harley Street specialist for the results of a bone
scan and was told he did not need surgery.
Coventrys manager Gordon Strachan said:
"Noel has been told he will not need an operation, which is good news. He can
start running but has to avoid repetitive kicking.
"He will not be ready until after the November break for the international games.
"John has to build up the muscles around his knee and will be out for about six
The injury news could bring a debut start for on-loan Belgian striker Cedric Roussel
against Watford at Highfield Road on Sunday. The 21 year old had made two substitute
appearances since arriving from Ghent two weeks ago.
Gordon Strachan meanwhile has praised Watfords manager Graham Taylor.
"He's one of the better managers," says Strachan.
"Others have grabbed the limelight but he has just wanted to get on with the job.
"He has done a good job wherever he has been. When he was Englands manager
some people considered he was an easy target and the hyenas came out. But hyenas are not
"I am not surprised Graham has come through all the knocks to be a success again.
I would think he is stronger mentally than at any time in his career and that will come
through in his players."