SEP 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Joachim Out Again
Sky Blues striker Julian Joachim
will miss Wednesday night’s crucial clash with Manchester City
at Highfield Road.
26-year-old suffered a recurrence of the ankle injury which
forced him out of Coventry’s first four league games this
season and could be missing for up to six weeks.
The former Villa man was brought
down by Simon Tracey in the Sheffield United goal during
Saturday’s 1-0 win at Bramall Lane and was still on the
stretcher as the Sky Blues’ winning goal was tucked away by
his replacement Laurent Delorge.
Jay Bothroyd, who has started
five league games this season, looks the most obvious
replacement for the match against Kevin Keegan’s men.
Many feel that the 19-year-old
has been unlucky to find himself on the bench after he made a
very promising start to the season and scored a wonder goal in
the defeat at Bradford.
But player/manager Roland Nilsson
could not resist throwing Lee Hughes and Joachim together for
the cup-tie at Peterborough last week and stuck with his main
strikers at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
Bothroyd will get another chance
to make one of the striking berths his own against Manchester
City, who are flying high after their 3-0 drubbing of Birmingham
at the weekend.
Keegan’s men, with the addition
of Ali Bernabia – the year 2000 French Player of the Year –
to the squad, rose to sixth in the table at the weekend and
striker Shaun Goater climbed to the top of the First Division
hotshots list as he made it eight goals in just six games.
But Man City are still not firing
on all cylinders away from home. They were stunned by West
Bromwich Albion just over a week ago when the Baggies hit four
past them at the Hawthorns.
The Sky Blues, however, have
struggled at Highfield Road so far this season and are still yet
to score a goal in front of their home fans this term.