York v Coventry preview

Team news for Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy second-round tie between York City and Coventry at Bootham Crescent.

Last Updated: 08/10/12 at 18:14

Ball: Could start for Sky Blues

Ball: Could start for Sky Blues

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Midfielder Scott Kerr could return to York's starting line-up for the first time in seven months.

Kerr, sidelined since damaging his cruciate knee ligament in March, returned to the squad for the goalless home draw with Rotherham at the weekend and duly stepped off the bench midway through the second half.

Manager Gary Mills has hinted Kerr is ready for a longer run-out as he looks to build up his match fitness.

New loan signing Danny Kearns, signed from Peterborough last week, also appeared as a second-half substitute against Rotherham and could make his first start for the club.

Summer signing Oli Johnson could be handed his full debut if Mills opts to rest some of his regular starters, with midfielder Jonathan Smith and defender Clarke Carlisle also hoping for recalls as York chase only their second win in eight matches.

Callum Ball's second-half cameo at the weekend is likely to earn him a spot in Coventry's starting XI.

The on-loan Derby striker, who celebrates his 20th birthday on Monday, stepped off the bench at half-time against Bournemouth to change the complexion of the game in City's favour, helping secure a 1-0 win - the club's first at home in the league this term.

Ball's effective performance is set to see him promoted to manager Mark Robins' starting XI at Bootham Crescent as the two sides meet for the first time in 52 years for a place in the northern section quarter-finals.

Midfielder Kevin Kilbane, fit again after a hamstring complaint, could also come back in along with the likes of Chris Hussey, Reece Brown, Cyrus Christie, Steven Jennings and Stephen Elliott.

However, winger Gary McSheffrey, striker Cody McDonald and centre-back William Edjenguele will each again be assessed.

Coventry triumphed 5-2 in their most recent meeting with the Minstermen in 1960. It was the last of only five encounters between the two sides down the years, with York's only win coming in an FA Cup tie way back in 1938.

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.

Fixtures

Tuesday, 07 October 2014
19:00
Hartlepool v Sheff Utd  
19:30
Burton Alb v Doncaster  
Dag + Red v Leyton Or  
Oldham v Barnsley  
Rochdale v Walsall  
Tranmere v Carlisle  
19:45
Bury v Morecambe  
Colchester v Gillingham  
Coventry v Exeter  
Luton Town v Crawley  

Footer 365

PSG stun Barca, Bayern stay 100%

PSG edged to an entertaining 3-2 Champions League win over Barcelona, while Bayern Munich beat CSKA Moscow and BATE stunned Athletic Bilbao.

Champions League: Manchester City held to home draw by Roma

Manchester City endured yet another night of Champions League frustration as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Roma.

Champions League: Nemanja Matic earns three points for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon in Group G

Nemanja Matic's header earned Chelsea three away points against Sporting Lisbon in UEFA Champions League Group G.

Mail Box

#Usingfootballersnamesineverydaylife

We have the last of these as well as mails on Liverpool, Wayne Rooney, QPR, Arsenal's injuries and more. It's a mailbox that's Alonso rather than Rafael, if you will...

How Much In 'Pounds Raheem Sterling'?

A whole lot of you use footballers' names in everyday life. And you hate yourselves for it. As you should. We also have mails on Newcastle, Rooney and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property