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Sky Blues Attack Blunted As Zuniga Carried Off

Coventry City face a desperate start to the season after Peruvian striker Ysrael Zuniga was stretchered off in a friendly in Belgium last night.

The club faces an anxious wait to discover the extent of his injuries.

If he is unable to play at the start of the season it leaves the team with just two recognised centre-forwards: Cedric Roussell and teenager Jay Bothroyd.

Moustapha Hadji has played up front, but John Aaloisi is still recovering from a long-term injury.

The offending tackle was made in a pre-season friendly with Roussellís former club KAA Gent. Defender Jacky Peeters crunched in on Zuniga in the 69th minute.

If Zuniga is out of action for some time then it will force the club to intensify its search for a new striker since Robbie Keane and Noel Whelan were sold.

The Sky Blues lost the game 2-0, with the first goal coming from an indirect free-kick after the referee said keeper Magnus Hedman had held the ball for longer than six seconds.

Hadji played in a new central midfield role alongside Barry Quinn, with Youssef Chippo on the left and Paul Telfer on the right.
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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 3 Aug 00
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