Coventry v Ipswich preview

Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Coventry and Ipswich at the Ricoh Arena.

Last Updated: 31/12/10 at 10:47

Gunnarsson: Still banned for Coventry

Gunnarsson: Still banned for Coventry

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Gary McSheffrey serves a one-game ban for Coventry after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the first half of Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Championship table-toppers QPR.

He joins midfielder Aron Gunnarsson on the sidelines as he sits out the second game of his three-match suspension for seeing red against Norwich earlier this month.

Aidy Boothroyd recalled wide man David Bell and striker Clive Platt to face QPR and must decide whether they are worthy of keeping their places, with Carl Baker, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Freddy Eastwood on standby.

Long-term injury victim Stephen O'Halloran came on to make his Sky Blues debut as a 70th-minute substitute but he is unlikely to start ahead of Richard Wood when Ipswich visit the Ricoh Arena.

Ipswich will be without Gianni Zuiverloon for the game.

The right-back has been recalled early from his loan spell by parent club West Brom so Tom Eastman, Jaime Peters or Troy Brown could come into the side.

Shane O'Connor impressed in a rare start during Town's last appearance - the snow-affected 3-0 defeat of Leicester on December 18 - but has picked up an injury in training and will miss out.

The left winger is out for six weeks with a ruptured and dislocated shoulder joint so Carlos Edwards looks likely to return.

Captain Gareth McAuley will have to wait until later in January to make his return to first-team action as the centre-half recovers from an Achilles operation.

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