AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Another Chance For Hedman
Magnus Hedman is on standby to
play his first senior game since February for Coventry City.
The Swedish goalkeeper, who kept
his 7th successive clean sheet for his country in their 3-0 win
over South Africa in midweek, flew back to hear that Chris
Kirkland, the man who took his place at Coventry was in trouble
with a knee injury.
Kirkland damaged his knee while
training with the England under-21 squad and immediately went
into intensive treatment at Coventry’s Sky Blue Lodge training
Manager Gordon Strachan revealed
today that Kirkland was struggling to make Sunday’s match
against Wolverhampton Wanderers, kick off 6.15 pm.
“Kirkland has twisted his
knee. It is not a big problem but he is struggling to play. If
necessary Magnus Hedman will take his place.”
The Swedish No.1 will see it as
his big opportunity to establish himself as the first choice
keeper at Coventry.
When 20 year old Kirkland took
over in February it was generally accepted that Hedman would
move on. There were several newspaper stories that he was wanted
by Monaco, West Ham United and Everton.
But nothing came of any of it and
he will want to play first team football rather than languish in
Gordon Strachan will wait as long
as possible before naming his side to play against Wolves to
allow Kirkland more time to get fit.
He knows he has to make one
change from the side that began the season at Stockport County
last weekend. Mo Konjic pulled a hamstring muscle in first half
of that match and his place is taken by Richard Shaw.
Shaw will start against Wolves
alongside his old sparring partner Paul Williams.
Coventry’s likely line up:
Hedman, Nilsson, Shaw, Williams, Hall, Thompson, Carsley, Chippo,
O’Neill, Hughes, Bothroyd.
Subs from: Quinn, Gavin Strachan,
Martinez, Guerero, Zuniga, Antonelius, Hyldgaard (gk).