AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Kirkland Touch And Go
Chris Kirkland’s chances of
facing Wolves this weekend are touch and go after he was pulled
out of the England under-21 squad with a knee injury.
20-year-old Coventry City goalkeeper was due to line up against
Holland tonight at Reading’s Madejski Stadium but has been
withdrawn after twisting his knee in training.
That may force him out of Sunday’s
televised clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers and may earn
want-away Swede Magnus Hedman a shock recall to the team.
Hedman, who has been linked with
a move to numerous clubs across Europe during the close season,
was all set to join Everton last week but that deal hit a glitch
as Michael Ball’s proposed £7 million transfer to Rangers was
put on ice.
Toffee’s boss Walter Smith
wanted to use those funds to prise Hedman away from Coventry but
is now being forced to wait for Rangers to seal the Ball
transfer before he can make his move for the Sky Blues keeper.
Gordon Strachan even moved in for
38-year-old Andy Goram to act as cover for Kirkland with Hedman
set to depart, but now it seems the Swedish number one could be
lining up in City’s first outing at Highfield Road this
It is cruel luck on Kirkland who
made his under-21 debut in a 3-0 win over Mexico back in May but
has been plagued by injury close to international matches ever
He was due to start against
Greece in June but missed out after fracturing his finger. And
now he is set to sit out once again in the first game of David
Platt’s reign as England under-21 boss.
And worse for the Sky Blues, he
may miss out on one of their biggest games of the season at the