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Coventry Squad In Ruins

Coventry manager Gordon Strachan today was surveying the wreckage of his first team squad after the supreme effort which brought two victories in three days to clinch Premier League status for another year.

The club now has 13 members of the first team squad queuing for treatment, a situation that has left the physiotherapists seriously in danger of overload.

Gary McAllister, Cedric Roussel and Youssef Chippo are the latest to join the list and Strachan, surveying the wall chart on which he displays his fit and unfit players says:

"Those on the injured list make up a better team than the fit ones."

A quick glance through that list shows why. It also includes Robbie Keane, Carlton Palmer, Steve Froggatt, Tomas Gustafsson, Paul Williams, David Burrows, Marc Edworthy, John Aloisi, Marcus Hall and Gavin Strachan.

Of the three newcomers to the list, Chippo is the most seriously hurt. He has damaged his medial knee ligaments, the type of injury that has sidelined Keane for the last four matches.

McAllister and Roussel were forced out of Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Bradford City, incapacitated by blows to the thigh that resulted in severe bruising, known in football as ‘dead leg’. Both players were still limping on Monday, but were expected to be available for selection for next Sunday’s match at Arsenal.

If Chippo cannot play then Paul Telfer is expected to start the match, despite having only 45 minutes of football after five weeks out with an ankle injury.

It was also hoped that Gustafsson, who has been playing with a calf muscle injury, will be patched up again to take the field at Highbury.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 21 Mar 00

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