Derby v Coventry preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between Derby County and Coventry City at Pride Park.

Last Updated: 08/04/11 at 11:19

Green: Serious knee injury

Green: Serious knee injury

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Derby will be without midfielder Paul Green and defender Gareth Roberts.

Both players suffered knee injuries during the defeat at Cardiff last weekend.

Green faces around nine months out after seriously damaging cruciate and medial ligaments while Roberts will miss the game against the Sky Blues and the visit of Leeds on Tuesday night after he also damaged knee ligaments in south Wales.

John Brayford is set to fill in as an emergency left-back for Roberts, with Daniel Ayala, Dean Leacock and Russell Anderson, fit again after a long lay-off with groin and hamstring problems, in the frame to replace Brayford at right-back.

Miles Addison or James Bailey will come into contention to replace Green.

Tomasz Cywka was on the bench against Cardiff after a knee ligament injury and the Polish forward is likely to be involved once again.

Influential pair Marlon King and Gary McSheffrey are both doubtful for Coventry.

Striker King and winger McSheffrey have both been unable to train this week due to flu and will be assessed by caretaker manager Andy Thorn as late as possible.

Their absence would come as a big blow to City, with the duo jointly topping the club's scoring charts this season alongside Lucas Jutkiewicz on seven goals.

Full-back Jordan Clarke sustained an ankle injury in last weekend's morale-boosting 2-0 win over Watford and will also be assessed ahead of the clash against County, who are just one point below the Sky Blues in 19th.

Irishman Gary Deegan, who is yet to play this season, is back in full training after his long-term ankle injury but the trip to Pride Park is expected to come just too soon.

Midfielders Carl Baker (ankle) and Lee Carsley (Achilles) as well as defenders Richard Wood (groin), Ben Turner (knee) and James McPake (back) remain on the sidelines.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Championship Fixtures

Tuesday, 03 March 2015
19:45
B'mouth v Wolves  
Brentford v Huddsf'ld  
Brighton v Derby  
Charlton v N Forest  
M'boro v Millwall  
Rotherham v Cardiff  
Watford v Fulham  
20:00
Bolton v Reading  
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
19:45
Birm'ham v Blackpool  
Leeds v Ipswich  

Footer 365

Chelsea captain John Terry not planning England return despite Wembley heroics

John Terry has no plans to reconsider his international retirement despite an emotional Capital One Cup win at Wembley.

Eden Hazard says Chelsea desire strong for more trophies

Eden Hazard insists Chelsea will be relentless in their desire to add further honours to Sunday's Capital One Cup success this season.

Greg Dyke offers Wembley as venue for possible FIFA presidential debate

FA chairman Greg Dyke has offered Wembley Stadium to host a FIFA presidential debate, should one be arranged before May's election.

Mail Box

Jose Settles Most Boring Team Debate...

There's lots of reaction to Chelsea and Liverpool's wins on Sunday, plus one Mailboxer asking: Who is the Premier League's best midfielder?

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company