Selection problems ahead of Coventry game

Last updated : 15 October 2003 By Michael Morris
Lennie will have to make major changes to the team for this Saturdays game at Coventry (12:30pm).

Out are the suspended Andy Campbell, Graham Kavanagh and Willie Boland. All three started last nights game. Also out is Rhys Weston with injury, he also was in the staring line up for the draw with Sunderland.

It would seem logical that Gary Croft will come in for Rhys. The two midfielders who came off the bench last night, Bonner and Gray could start the game along with Robinson and Langley to offer an attack minded midefield. Gareth Whalley was thought to be nearing fitness but was not included in the 16 last night. Up front is City's main concern. With Campbell suspended and Thorne and Lee injured Lennie is struggling for a partner for Robert Earnshaw.

Two options in-house are Gavin Gordon and James Collins. Or Lennie has to look to loan a player. He's said this week he is hoping to get someone but it's not easy.

With Lee out until December, Thorne thought to be out for a couple of weeks as well and Campbell out for the next three games it is a matter that needs to be sorted quickly.

Of the 26 man squad (inc new loan Julian Gray)

City have Thorne, Lee, Bowen, Young and Weston definately out through injury. Maxwell, Gordon and Whalley are the next in-house players but all have been struggling with injuries lately. None of the three have played first team football for several weeks.

Kav, Boland and Campbell are all suspended.

Two players - Barrett the 3rd choice keeper and Fleetwood are youngsters.

That only leave 13 senior professionals definately available for Saturday.

Alexander, Margetson, Croft, Collins, Prior, Vidmar, Gabbidon, Barker, Langley, Gray, Bonner, Robinson, Earnshaw.

Plenty for Lennie to think about.