Transfer listed Noel Whelan will be asked to put aside any
differences and give 100 per cent for Coventry at home to Tottenham.
striker will be in the main strike force with Robbie Keane for the
first time since mid-December, because the Belgian Cedric Roussel is
still concussed from a head injury at Middlesbrough last weekend.
Whelan, 25, was transfer-listed earlier in the week when he
rejected the club’s offer of an improved contract with 16 months
still to run on his existing deal.
Coventry’s manager Gordon Strachan said:
"Noel has assured me that he will give 100 per cent for the
club. He understands that it is not personal, it is business.
"Clubs have to check earlier than ever whether a player is
prepared to sign a new contract. They cannot afford to be in the
position where he leaves on a free transfer under the Bosman
Strachan thought he knew on Tuesday the team he would select to
But then his international players began drifting back into HQ and
he quickly realised he had to have a rethink.
"I have eight first team players injured. There were only 15
fit players training today and three of those are not ready to play
in the premier league, although they might have to," he
"At the start of the season we definitely did not plan for
seven or eight injuries. I have not been able to play my strongest
team in any match this season because I have never had fewer than
five players injured at any one time."
The latest addition to the casualty list was Swedish full back
Tomas Gustafsson who returned from international duty in Italy with a
Strachan had waited all week to hear whether his big Belgian
striker Cedric Roussel would be fit after being carried off with
concussion at Middlesbrough last weekend, but he was finally ruled
Strachan calls the injured who cannot play, ‘the dead men’. He
has plenty of those at present.
The list reads: Steve Ogrizovic (injured shoulder), Marc Edworthy
(ankle), Paul Telfer (knee), Carlton Palmer (hamstring), Steve
Froggatt (ankle), Marcus Hall (knee), John Aloisi (hamstring), Roussel
and possibly Gustafsson.