Coventry v Bristol City preview

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

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Coventry manager Aidy Boothroyd will be forced into at least one change for the visit of Bristol City.

Martin Cranie, who has been employed in a midfield role of late, serves a one-match ban having received his marching orders for two bookable offences in the closing stages of last weekend's 1-1 draw at Leicester.

His suspension is likely to mean a return for Sammy Clingan at the heart of the City midfield.

Boothroyd kept faith with an unchanged line-up at the Walkers Stadium and, following an impressive performance, could well again turn to the same set of faces to continue the club's upturn of fortunes.

Striker Clive Platt (calf) has missed the last two games but is expected to return, as is defender Jordan Clarke (ankle).

Skipper Lee Carsley (Achilles and hernia surgery) and influential centre-back Ben Turner (knee) will again be assessed.

Keith Millen hopes to have Steven Caulker available for the trip to Coventry.

The on-loan Tottenham defender has been receiving treatment for a hip injury after colliding with a post during the home victory over Scunthorpe last weekend.

With full-back Jamie McAllister still out, new loan signing Jordan Spence will definitely be included in the squad. The West Ham youngster has been drafted in after City captain Louis Carey suffered a fractured skull against Scunthorpe.

In the absence of former Sky Blue Carey, who has been filling in at right-back in recent games, Spence is likely to go straight into the team and make his full debut.

Midfielders Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Lee Johnson and strikers Brett Pitman and Andy Keogh are available for recalls should manager Keith Millen wish to make changes.

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