A dramatic late hitch prevented Colin Hendry becoming a Coventry
City player today.
The Glasgow Rangers centre back flew down from Scotland and
Coventry announced a 4pm media conference to parade the new man, and
another, mystery signing, believed to be one of the two Peruvians
Zuniga or Zevallos.
But the Scot’s shuttle flight was delayed and then diverted away
from its scheduled destination Birmingham to East Midlands Airport in
The passengers were taken by coach to Birmingham Airport where
Coventry City’s club car was waiting to whisk Hendry to the club’s
But the delay meant there was not enough time for Hendry to
complete his medical examination before the scheduled 4pm media
The club immediately postponed the conference for 24 hours so
Hendry and the Peruvian have to wait for the big moment.
Neither will figure in Saturday’s home match against Tottenham
Hotspur even if they have completed their transfers. Coventry’s
manager Gordon Strachan, despite battling against injuries to eight
first team players, says they will be given time to acclimatise to
their new surroundings.
In Hendry’s case, he has not played much because of a knee
injury, and will need reserve games to regain his match fitness.
Manager Gordon Strachan meanwhile was again surveying the ruins of
his first team squad. He has nine first team players on the casualty
list and said that three of those left were still feeling the effects
of injuries but might have to play anyway.
John Aloisi, Steve Froggatt, Paul Telfer, Carlton Palmer, Marc
Edworthy, Marcus Hall, Steve Ogrizovic, Tomas Gustafsson and Cedric
Roussel are either ruled out of the match or are doubtful.