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Ricoh Arena (ATT 13,043) 20th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

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McSheffrey: Has a hamstring injury

McSheffrey: Has a hamstring injury

Team news for Saturday's Championship showdown between Coventry and Watford at the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry's already depleted ranks are stretched further by the loss of Gary McSheffrey for the visit of the Hornets.

The influential winger was forced off nursing a hamstring injury in the 18th minute of Tuesday's cruel late 2-1 reverse at Crystal Palace.

He now faces a spell on the sidelines and becomes City's eighth player in the treatment room.

Midfielder David Bell (hamstring) was the latest casualty to join the ranks before the Selhurst Park clash, with Gary Deegan (thigh), Clive Platt (knock), Richard Wood (thigh) and Jordan Clarke (knee) already sidelined.

Striker Freddy Eastwood (hamstring) and defender Ben Turner (knee) were hoping to return to light training at the end of this week but neither will be match-ready for the weekend.

One piece of good news for manager Andy Thorn is the return of midfielder Carl Baker, who has served the three-match suspension he picked up on the opening day.

Chris Iwelumo is a doubt as Watford look for their first win of the season.

The striker has emerged with a hip injury from the club's 4-0 defeat to West Ham on Tuesday night - their second second successive home reverse - and is being monitored by medical staff at Vicarage Road.

Manager Sean Dyche has been forced to defend Iwelumo from some early-season criticism, with the Scot having failed to find the net in three starts for his new club.

And whether the targetman is declared fit or not, the Hornets boss does have options in Troy Deeney and Gavin Massey if he wishes to change things around in attack.

Otherwise, long-term absentee Stephen McGinn (knee) remains the only player on the sidelines for a clash against a troubled Coventry side who have lost all four of their opening games in all competitions.

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2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13