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[11 FEB 99] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
Strachans Selection Headache

Coventry City’s manager Gordon Strachan faces a selection headache in the centre of his defence for Saturday’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Everton.

Paul Williams is ruled out with the hamstring injury that he collected at Tottenham so Strachan has to replace him.

Mo Konjic, Bosnia’s international centre-half, flew back into the country yesterday after being snowbound for 36 hours, but Gary Breen will supply fierce competition after helping the Republic of Ireland to beat Paraguay 2-0 last night.

Konjic was stranded at Ljubljana airport in Slovenia as he tried to fly his wife and young son over to England to start their new life.

Heavy snow forced the airport’s closure and they spent 36 hours in the airport lounge before flying into Heathrow in the early evening yesterday.

Meanwhile Strachan had a scare early in the week when striker Noel Whelan was sent home with influenza. He missed training on Tuesday but was back today.

Strachan admitted today that he would love to have Dion Dublin back at Highfield Road. Asked if Dublin’s departure for Aston Villa had caused him to alter City’s style he replied:

"A little bit. The two boys up front Whelan and Huckerby, have done very well, but I would love to have Dion back."

He said that the Cup had nothing to do with their league situation.

"If you win you feel good in yourself and you sit by the fire on Sunday waiting for the cup draw. If you lose you get on with playing the next league match. Admittedly if you are in a little run as we are, a win in the cup does keep the momentum going.

"I suppose most people will mark down our match at Everton as a no score draw. But fortune favours the brave and I think both teams will go for a win."
  

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