Portsmouth v Coventry preview

Date published: Friday 22nd March 2013 11:50

Portsmouth will be unchanged for the clash.

Caretaker boss Guy Whittingham has named the same starting XI for the past five matches and seen his side collect two wins and two draws while falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat to in-form Leyton Orient.

It means defender Sam Sodje will have to be content with a place on the bench again following his recent return from suspension.

Striker John Akinde returned as a substitute in the 1-1 draw at leaders Doncaster last weekend following a sickness bug and should be on the bench once more.

Experienced duo David Connolly and Patrick Agyemang, who have scored five goals between them in the last five matches, will start in attack again.

Coventry will be without captain Carl Baker for their trip to the South Coast.

The midfielder, who has an impressive 14 goals to his name this season, has flown to Germany to undergo surgery on a hernia which a has been troubling him for some time but hopes to miss just the single game.

The Sky Blues are already without leading scorer Leon Clarke, shortlisted for the League One Player of the Season award, after he underwent an ankle operation which has ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.

However, manager Steven Pressley insists the 21-goal striker is recovering well and is on target to return for pre-season training in the summer.

Defender Richard Wood was back in training on Thursday following his groin injury but will not be match fit for around another seven to 10 days, while Blair Adams and Stephen Elliott (both knee) are each making great progress and stand a chance of playing again before the season is out.

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Portsmouth v Coventry preview

Date published: Friday 2nd December 2011 10:27

Portsmouth will be without Liam Lawrence and Luke Varney.

Skipper Lawrence’s recovery from the ankle ligament damage he sustained a month ago has been slower than Pompey had hoped, although the midfielder could be back in action next week.

Striker Varney missed last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Leicester with a hamstring problem and will also not be ready to face the Sky Blues.

Midfielder David Norris is therefore set to continue in an advanced role behind lone frontman Dave Kitson.

West Brom loanees Joe Mattock and George Thorne should keep their places after encouraging debuts against the Foxes while defender Hermann Hreidarsson could be added to the squad after recovering from an Achilles problem.

Cyrus Christie is a major doubt for Coventry.

The teenage right-back came off in the first half against Brighton last Saturday with a calf strain and is considered unlikely to be fit in time.

Richard Wood was his replacement against the Seagulls and will be hoping for a starting berth, however fellow teenager Jordan Clarke will also be hoping to push his way into manager Andy Thorn’s thoughts.

Midfielder David Bell (knock) and striker Roy O’Donovan (broken foot) missed the 2-1 defeat to Brighton but could come back into contention.

The Sky Blues will be hoping for three points as they bid to end their eight-game run without a victory.

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Portsmouth v Coventry preview

Date published: Monday 11th April 2011 2:33

Liam Lawrence is an injury doubt for Pompey ahead of the clash with the Sky Blues.

The winger, who has only just recovered from a knee problem, pulled out of training on Friday with a sore hamstring which kept him out of the 1-1 draw with Preston.

Pompey’s skipper is now awaiting the results of another scan and could miss out at Fratton Park.

Better news for boss Steve Cotterill is the return of Ricardo Rocha from a one-match ban.

The Portuguese defender will go straight back in at centre-half with Aaron Mokoena likely to make way.

Striker Danny Webber will be on the bench again having made two late substitute appearances since recovering from the cruciate injury which sidelined him for a year.

Coventry youngster Jordan Clarke will again be assessed ahead of the trip to the south coast.

Full-back Clarke, 19, missed Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Derby with an ankle injury sustained in the previous weekend’s 2-0 victory over Watford.

Otherwise, caretaker manager Andy Thorn is expected to have the same squad at his disposal at Fratton Park as he had against the Rams at the weekend.

Striker Marlon King and winger Gary McSheffrey recovered from flu in time to start at Pride Park and the pair should again be involved on the south coast.

Irishman Gary Deegan made his long-awaited comeback from a lengthy ankle injury as an unused substitute while fellow midfielder Carl Baker also recovered from an ankle knock of his own to come off the bench late on.

Skipper Lee Carsley (Achilles) and defenders Richard Wood (groin), Ben Turner (knee) and James McPake (back) remain sidelined.

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