SEP 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Reserves Triumph Over Wimbledon
Julian Joachim and John Eustace
were conspicuous by their absence in Coventry City Reservesí
4-2 win at Wimbledon last night as both were expected to make a
Gary Breen played his first match
since a stomach operation in the summer and came through
unscathed, but Eustace and Joachim were not risked in the second
Both are back in full training
and should be available for selection for Saturdayís clash
against Grimsby Town at Highfield Road.
Joachim has played just 15
minutes in a Coventry shirt during the pre-season tour of
Ireland where he picked up an ankle injury. He is expected to
come into the team at the weekend in place of Lee Hughes who is
suspended after being sent off at Bradford.
But Jairo Martinez will also be
competing for one of the forward berths along with teenager Gary
The Honduran striker hit a
hat-trick against Wimbledon last night, while young McSheffrey
added to his goal against Leicester last week with a supreme
volley across the Donsí keeper to help City to victory.
Montgomery, Pead, Antoelius,
Betts, Breen, Davenport, Magennis (Brancati, 82), Craig Strachan,
Delorge, Martinez, McSheffrey
Subs not used: Ford, Fahlman, Pipe, Jephcott
Martinez (8, 1-0), Martinez (28,
2-0), Grey (43, 2-1), Nowland (82, 2-2), McSheffrey (84, 3-2),
Martinez (90 4-2)
Eustace, meanwhile, could get his
first chance to lead out the Sky Blues as captain if he proves
his fitness in time to take on the Mariners.
The 21-year-old midfielder was
manager Gordon Strachanís choice of skipper after Moustapha
Hadji and John Hartson jumped ship, but he has been out with a
knee injury since the start of the season.
The situation with Breen,
however, has taken a more complicated turn. The 27-year-old
defender was expected to go straight back into the team when he
recovered from his stomach operation, but his refusal to sign a
new contract could leave him out in the cold.
Chairman Bryan Richardson has
told the Irish international to sign up or move on as the Sky
Blues cannot afford to risk losing him on a Bosman free transfer
at the end of the season.