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[02 MAR 00] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
Zuniga Among The Goals

Ysrael Zuniga has fired himself into the frame for Coventry City’s premier league match at title chasers Leeds United on Sunday.

The 23 year old Peruvian impressed his new team-mates on this week’s sunshine working break in Spain by firing in goals from all angles during practice sessions.

He also grabbed two in one-to-one situations with first team goalkeeper Magnus Hedman when the second team beat the seniors 4-2 in a full scale practice game.

His performances could have thrust him to the forefront of manager Gordon Strachan’s planning for the match against his former club Leeds.

Cedric Roussel is first choice to play alongside Robbie Keane, assuming he has recovered from being heavily concussed during the match at Middlesbrough two weeks ago.

Zuniga would likely find himself on the substitutes’ bench in that case. But if Roussel fails to make it, the Peruvian could make a shock debut at Elland Road.

Coventry’s chairman Bryan Richardson said:

"He did incredibly well and has impressed everyone.

"He scored some very good goals out there and it has been good for him to mix with his new team mates on this sort of trip rather than just turning up for training and then going home each day.

"He is a full international and is a very natural goalscorer who also scores some spectacular goals. There is no reason why he should not press for a first team place and he is a good investment for the future."

Strachan would feel he has a useful acquisition if the Peruvian continues to be among the goals. John Aloisi has been injured for five months and transfer-listed Noel Whelan has been struggliing with injuries and a loss of form in front of goal.

The stocky Peruvian could be a surprise packet to upset Leeds’ title challenge this weekend.
   


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