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Coventry City without five key players for Blackburn Rovers clash

Coventry City will be without five first-team players against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night.

The team of Jon Dahl Tomasson heads to the Coventry Building Society Arena hoping to break a run of three straight Championship losses. As a result of conceding 16 goals in five games, Rovers must tighten up.

Jon Dahl Tomasson
Jon Dahl Tomasson

Due to his team’s schedule of three games in six days, Tomasson may make adjustments to the Rovers defense. It is almost certain that Aysnley Pears will miss both games owing to injuries.

After the Rovers‘ starting goalkeeper had to leave the game due to an ankle injury, Leopold Walhstedt would fill in. Today evening, during his news conference prior to the game, Tomasson will provide a more thorough account of Pears‘ problem.

Tomasson was unsurprised by Blackburn Rovers’ standing in the league.

This season, injuries have not been kind to Rovers. Long-term injuries have sidelined Ryan Hedges, Sam Barnes, and Sam Gallagher. They are lacking in attack because Harry Leonard and Naill Ennis won’t return until after the international break as well.

BEN SHEAF
BEN SHEAF

Coventry have their own problems on the injury front. Kasey Palmer, Ben Sheaf and Milan van Ewijk are all facing six to eight weeks on the sidelines.

Midfielder Palmer and Sheaf both have abductor injuries whilst wing-back Van Ewijk has torn a quad muscle. Mark Robins also has long-term absentees Callum O’Hare and Fabio Tavares on the sidelines.

Influential playmaker O’Hare has been out for nine months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury but has returned to full contact training. The game comes too soon for him though with Under-21s matches likely to follow soon to ease him back into match action.

Coventry had been under a little bit of pressure going into the weekend’s fixtures after a run of six without a win but ended that run with a 3-1 triumph over Queens Park Rangers.

Coventry City
Coventry City

Striker Ellis Simms netted his first goals of the season after a difficult spell in front of goal. Manager Robins was delighted for the club’s summer signing, who he felt was overthinking his game in a bid to score.

“Ellis was perhaps trying too hard, he was snatching at things against good defenders,” Robins said. “They have good players in the side and we can hurt teams, there’s no doubt.

“It’s difficult because we have lost players but we have players coming back from injury, like Jamie, and that gave us enough to win this game.”

 

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