Coventry v Reading preview

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Coventry will be without Carl Baker for the game.

The midfielder went for a scan on Thursday afternoon to determine the extent of the ankle injury sustained in Monday’s 3-0 defeat at Ipswich, but the prognosis is not promising and he is set to be sidelined for a while.

Fit-again striker Clive Platt will be included in Andy Thorn’s squad but the game comes too soon for midfielder Gary Deegan and defender Richard Wood (both thigh), despite their return to full training.

Defender James McPake misses out as he prepares to undergo a minor ankle/shin operation.

The Sky Blues will come up against Adam Le Fondre after he shunned a switch to the Ricoh Arena in favour of a move to Reading, this week insisting “I picked the better club”.

Responding to the striker’s comment, Thorn said: “I don’t want to get drawn into anything with him, but if he thinks Reading is a better club then at Coventry I think we’ve got more history as a club than what Reading has. I’m not too concerned about that.”

Reading manager Brian McDermott will leave it late to make a decision on the fitness of Jimmy Kebe ahead of the trip to the Midlands.

Kebe limped off before half-time in the Royals’ 2-0 victory over Doncaster last weekend and did not train with the squad on Thursday.

But McDermott has said he will wait as long as possible to allow the Mali winger to recover to face the Sky Blues.

Defender Andy Griffin is the only other notable injury worry ahead of the meeting at the Ricoh Arena, but the full-back has returned to training and looks set to be available.

However, new signing Cedric Baseya is unlikely to feature. The Frenchman only arrived at the club on Wednesday and McDermott wants him to have time familiarising himself with his new team-mates before throwing him into competitive action.

Coventry v Reading preview

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Coventry will assess Marlon King ahead of Andy Thorn’s first game in charge since being appointed permanent manager.

King, City’s leading scorer, missed Monday’s 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough with a knock but completed a small amount of training on Thursday morning and will be monitored ahead of the weekend.

Should the former Wigan man not make it, Clive Platt could step in as he did at the Riverside, or Freddy Eastwood may get a chance from the off.

King was one of two changes against Boro, and left-back Chris Hussey will also be checked upon having been replaced by Stephen O’Halloran due to illness.

Striker King, goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and midfielder Aron Gunnarsson were all offered new contracts on Thursday, the same day Thorn was announced as full-time successor to Aidy Boothroyd.

Jimmy Kebe could return for Reading.

The Malian winger missed the two games over Easter with a thigh complaint but is back in training and is available for Royals boss Brian McDermott.

He will certainly start if he is 100% fit so Hal Robson-Kanu will miss out despite scoring in Monday’s surprise defeat at home to Sheffield United.

Captain Matt Mills has returned to the heart of the defence after a month out with a groin injury and forward Noel Hunt is back after a foot injury.

Goalkeeper Adam Federici is back after missing nine games with a knee injury but has been restricted to a place on the bench due to the form of England Under-21 international Alex McCarthy.

A point at the Ricoh Arena would be enough to secure a play-off place.