Coventry v Hull preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:29

Coventry v Hull preview

Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood will undergo a fitness test ahead of the game.
The Republic of Ireland stopper pulled a hip muscle in the 4-1 home defeat to Bristol City last Saturday before being replaced by Danny Ireland, who also finished the game with a similar problem himself.
Both missed Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Doncaster, with third-choice Michael Quirke stepping in. Ireland is ruled out ahead of this weekend but Westwood is battling to be involved and City’s medical staff will make a decision ahead of the game, with Quirke again on standby.
Manager Aidy Boothroyd will check on sidelined striker Clive Platt (calf) but defender Richard Wood is expected to be okay despite taking a couple of blows at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Marlon King serves the second game of his four-match ban for the red card received against the Robins, while captain Lee Carsley (Achilles and hernia) and centre-back Ben Turner (knee) continue to miss out.
Hull will be without goalkeeper Vito Mannone for the clash.
Mannone, on loan from Arsenal, has sustained a thigh injury similar to the one that sidelined him throughout January and February, so another loanee, Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan, will return to the starting line-up.
Manager Nigel Pearson is hoping Mannone recovers his fitness before Guzan’s loan spell expires after the clash at Watford on April 9.
Defender Liam Rosenior has missed training this week due to a foot injury sustained in last weekend’s win at Nottingham Forest, but is expected to recover in time.
Recent loan signing from Liverpool, winger David Amoo, is hoping to make his first start for the Tigers, while Tijani Belaid, Jack Hobbs, Tom Cairney and Richard Garcia are all pushing for first-team recalls.
Pearson has no other new injury or suspension problems as his side look to make up ground on the top six after two defeats in their last three games.

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