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Hendry Looks Set For Leeds Start

Braveheart central defender Colin Hendry looks set to step into Coventryís defence in a bid to halt their slide down the table when they take on Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday.

Gordon Strachanís men have won just one of their last six matches and the former Leeds man sees Hendry as the man to stop the rot.

The former Scotland skipper has just spent the last four days with his new team-mates on a training trip to Spain, and Strachan believes he has shown that he is ready for action.

He said: 

"Colin Hendry has enjoyed himself, trained every day and been very competitive.

"I think he knows what is going on, Colin has been here and played at the top level before so it would not be a culture shock for him.

"Once again it is hats off to the chairman because it took a lot of work to get him here and we are already beginning to see the leadership qualities he possesses."

Despite their recent slump the Coventry boss has denied that he is looking over his shoulder just yet.

He said: 

"We are not looking down the table yet no, we are still looking up the other way.

"I am still thinking that an away result will come soon enough and kick start our season making things a lot easier for the final few games."

Former Leeds man Strachan travels to Elland Road knowing that one of the successors to his midfield crown could send Coventry crashing to their third consecutive Premiership defeat.

Although Strachan describes David O' Leary's fledgling team as a "smashing side", he singles out one player in particular.

Australian midfielder Harry Kewell is enjoying the Yorkshire adulation once lavished upon the Scotsman, and Strachan believes it is more than deserved.

He said: 

"Leeds have a very special player in Harry Kewell, he has done fantastically for them and he is a world class player.

"That term gets used lightly nowadays but I think he can play against anybody and cause them problems.

"He can do everything. Kick, head, run, dribble and he is brave - apart from that heís not very good!

"You can't plan against a player like that and you just have to hope that you can cause them enough trouble going forwards to counter it."

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