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City Bank Striker With Jairo Signing

The Sky Blues have added another striker to their squad after signing Honduran international Jairo Martinez.

Club chairman Bryan Richardson flew out to Central America to wrap up the deal for the highly-rated forward, who will come to Highfield Road next month.

By then Honduras’ position in the FIFA world rankings will have improved to put the country in the top 75.

This will make it easier for Coventry City to get a work permit for Martinez, aged 22.

He will be joined by left wing-back Ivan Guerrero, also aged 22, who was refused a work permit at the start of the season.

The news will be a boost to the Sky Blues as they prepare to defend their early good position in the Premiership.

After losing to Middlesbrough, the team will be looking to revive last season’s top seven home form and maintain their sudden winning streak on their travels.

Tricky fixtures are looming with Newcastle visiting tomorrow and Leeds on Saturday, before a daunting trip to Highbury to confront Arsenal.

Craig BellamyOne player who will come under the spotlight is Craig Bellamy, who returned to Britain seething after being sent off while playing for Wales at the weekend.

Needled throughout the game, the £6.5 million signing reacted to another bad tackle in the match against Belarus, and was shown the red card.

He will now miss the next three Wales games, which will give him plenty of time to concentrate on his Highfield Road career.

Martinez and Guerrero have both agreed to put club before country to save them spending most of their lives on aeroplanes heading to various tournaments, but Bryan Richardson hopes the standardisation of the world football calendar will iron these problems out in the future.

No such luck with Morocco players Moustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo, who were both two days late back from a game at the weekend, leaving manager Gordon Strachan with little time to prepare for tomorrow’s game.

He said:

Gordon Strachan"The Moroccan FA are at it again. There are no flights out of The Gabon on a Saturday or a Sunday, but I would have thought that having done so well over the last few years they would be able to pay for a charter flight.”

"Because of that we have got to suffer and I really can't put our plans together until I see what shape they are in physically and mentally. The Moroccan FA couldn't care less about that, although if they had to pay their wages when they were away I think you would see them home in double-quick time."
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