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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 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8