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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 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23