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Strachan's Injury Wait For Sunderland

Coventry City manager Gordon Strachan faces an anxious wait tomorrow to see if his injured stars will be fit to play against Sunderland on Saturday.

The Scot today welcomed Moroccan duo Moustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo back to training but will be anxious to see how much the African Nations Cup campaign has taken out of them.

The City manager will give his players the day off tomorrow and then assess his options when they report back for training on Thursday.

Doubts hang over the availability of Chippo, Noel Whelan, Paul Telfer and Paul Williams.

Chippo picked up a hip injury during the tournament and was forced to miss the defeat by Nigeria that finally eliminated Morocco.

Although he has trained today it is his first run out for two weeks and Strachan will be hoping that he does not suffer any ill reaction over the next 24 hours.

Utility man Noel Whelan is still struggling to shake off his troublesome calf injury but is confident that tomorrow’s day of rest will mean he can resume training on Thursday and hopefully figure against Sunderland.

Paul Telfer is still awaiting the results of a scan on his injured right knee but it is highly unlikely that he will take his place in the line-up whatever the outcome.

The 28-year-old midfielder was in obvious pain as he was stretchered from the field against Manchester United on Saturday and he will need to rest the joint.

Meanwhile defender Paul Williams looks to have lost his battle to overcome damage to injured ankle ligaments.

Williams picked up the injury against Charlton a fortnight ago and played against Manchester United with the joint heavily strapped.

However, his movement in that game was impeded and the successful completion of 90 minutes by dependable Richard Shaw may persuade Strachan that it is time to give contract rebel Williams a rest.

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