Coventry v West Ham preview

Team news ahead of Coventry's Championship clash with West Ham at The Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

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Wood: Back for Coventry

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Coventry hope to welcome back as many as five players.

Defenders James McPake, Richard Wood, Chris Hussey and Martin Cranie all stand a strong chance of being in contention while young midfielder Gael Bigirimana is available once again having completed his three-match suspension.

McPake hobbled off in City's last match before the international break, a 4-2 home defeat to Southampton, but was given the all-clear to return to training while Wood (calf) was withdrawn on the morning on the clash but appears to have recovered.

Full-back Hussey (foot) has missed the last two games while Cranie (ribs) hopes to return after seven weeks out, although a place in manager Andy Thorn's starting XI so soon could be unlikely for the former Portsmouth man.

Coventry do have some injury problems, however, with striker Roy O'Donovan nursing a broken foot while midfielder David Bell will be assessed having sustained a knock in training.

Joey O'Brien and Guy Demel will boost West Ham's injury-hit squad.

O'Brien missed the 2-0 win at Hull a fortnight ago with a hamstring injury but was able to resume training this week.

Fellow full-back Demel is finally pushing to make his debut having been struggling with a hamstring problem since joining from Hamburg in August.

The Ivory Coast international has played in two reserve matches over the past couple of weeks to prove his fitness.

Midfielder Matt Taylor is also close to returning from a calf injury and will be checked over.

But the Hammers are still without defender Winston Reid (shoulder), winger Gary O'Neil (ankle) and on-loan midfield duo Henri Lansbury and David Bentley (both knee).

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
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Birm'ham v B'mouth
Bolton v Brentford
Brighton v Rotherham
Derby v Wigan
Ipswich v Huddsf'ld
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 13 13 26
2 Watford 13 11 25
3 M'boro 13 7 23
4 Wolves 13 5 23
5 Norwich 13 10 22
6 N Forest 13 9 22
7 Charlton 14 1 22
8 B'mouth 13 6 21
9 Ipswich 13 4 20
10 Cardiff 13 2 19
11 Blackburn 13 -1 19
12 Brentford 13 -1 19
13 Sheff Wed 13 0 18
14 Rotherham 13 -3 16
15 Leeds 13 -3 16
16 Huddsf'ld 13 -6 16
17 Reading 13 -8 15
18 Millwall 13 -3 14
19 Fulham 14 -6 14
20 Wigan 13 -2 12
21 Brighton 13 -3 12
22 Birm'ham 13 -8 11
23 Bolton 13 -13 8
24 Blackpool 13 -11 6

Updated Fri, 24 Oct 2014

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