City boss Gordon Strachan has learned that he will be without Moroccan midfielders
Moustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo for tomorrows clash with Wimbledon.
The duo were planning to take time out of their countrys African Nations Cup
campaign to fly back for the match, but that idea has been vetoed by the Morocco coach.
Strachan must now plug those gaps and has urged his in-form Sky Blues not to be
intimidated by Wimbledon's physical approach.
The fiery Scot believes that the Dons are back to there most direct style of play but
believes his players must show that they have steel to go with their flair.
"Wimbledon have been playing very well of late with three strikers and two big
"They will get the ball forward very quickly and we have to try and stop them from
doing what they are good at.
"When we get the ball back we must be brave, not get intimidated and play our own
And Strachan refused to condemn Egil Olsen's decision to revert the Wimbledon playing
style back to its route one days.
"They do play what I would describe as conservative football, but that is fine -
we all have options about the way that we play.
"You play the system that is best suited to the players you've got and obviously
that style would not suit my players, so we try and do something else."
Wimbledon visit Highfield Road at a time when Coventry are enjoying one of their best
spells of home form for some time, and Strachan believes his side are moving rapidly in
the right direction.
"I expected to be higher in the league than we are at the moment but because of
our bad start we have had to play catch up.
"I think our football has been good and varied this season and we have been quite
unlucky. I think we could have been five or six points better off than we are."
The Coventry boss is in the enviable position of having to choose two from three
in-form strikers, with Robbie Keane and Cedric Roussel being pushed by Noel Whelan - who
netted after being introduced as a second half substitute against Burnley last weekend.
Whelan was sidelined for three months with an ankle injury earlier this season but
Strachan believes he is now closing in on his best form.
"He has been working very hard in training and I like that, I like his spirit.
"I was pleased to get him on against Burnley last week because I knew we had no
worries about him, he is back in good form."