Gary McAllister will have to wait to the end of the
season to learn whether he has won a new contract at Coventry City.
Coventrys skipper, 35 on Christmas Day, is playing his best football since
joining Coventry from Leeds United three years ago.
He is keen to persuade Coventry to give him a new one-year contract when his current
deal expires at the end of the season.
But Coventrys manager Gordon Strachan, his former team mate for Leeds and
"It is up to the two of us to sit down later on. We have agreed we should not talk
about anything until right at the end of the season to see how we feel then.
"He has to say what he wants to do and I have to say what I want to do with my
team. He is playing well now, but we should not make false promises to each other. That is
Coventry have a defence crisis against Southampton at The Dell. David Burrows, Marcus
Hall, Richard Shaw and Marc Edworthy are injured and the back line will therefore be Paul
Telfer, Gary Breen, Paul Williams and Steve Froggatt.
It will be Froggatts first start since returning from England duty against
Burrows has been ordered to rest for three months because of damaged knee ligaments,
Edworthy and Hall are on the way back from ankle and knee injuries.
Shaw, a virtual ever-present since his move from Crystal Palace four years ago, has
missed the last two matches.
"He has been playing in some pain from his knee for a long time and we thought he
would be okay if he rested. But the medical staff has decided he needs a keyhole operation
to take a look inside."
Strachan also hinted that Belgian striker Cedric Roussel, who impressed against Aston
Villa and Leicester before being carried off with concussion, was fit but might not play.