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City Wait For Hendry Injury News

Coventry City should find out the full extent of Colin Hendry’s injury in the next 24 hours.

The Scotland skipper has a suspected broken eye socket, fractured nose and a cut to the head after a challenge during the 5-0 thrashing at West Ham on Saturday.

The former Rangers man, who joined the club in February, is expected to see a club specialist in the next few days but is certain to miss Scotland’s friendly against Holland on Wednesday night and has almost certainly played his last club game of the season.

It is a bitter blow for the former Blackburn and Manchester City player who has been steadily improving since his move and had said that his best form would only come next season once he had a dozen or so games under his belt.

He will now be denied that opportunity but should be fit in time for the start of pre-season training in July.

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Morocco won their latest World Cup qualifying game when they saw off Gambia 2-0 in Casablanca and City boss Strachan will be waiting to hear if his duo Moustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo played a part in the game.

Strachan is livid that Chippo was even in contention after picking up an injury against Middlesbrough.

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It will not have been a happy Bank Holiday weekend for Strachan who was livid at the performance of the side at Upton Park and accused players of letting down the proud tradition of the club.

He said:

"The Peakes, Kilclines, Regises and Ogrizovics and others who have battled for 30 years to get and keep the club at this stage would have been embarrassed by the performance.

"I think the players have to ask themselves what they can do. The game is still about players – if you can manipulate the ball, have a hunger to work, and a mental strength then the rest of the game can look after itself.

"We have got to 10th and 11th but we can’t get above that and its my job to do something about it. It's not major surgery but people have to look at good players and follow what they do."

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 24 Apr 00

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