Coventry v Bury preview

Coventry v Bury preview

Published Aug. 24, 2012 9:15 a.m. ET

Coventry will again be without midfielder John Fleck this weekend.

Fleck missed Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Sheffield United with the hamstring strain which forced him off early in last Saturday's draw at Yeovil, and the former Rangers man is again set to watch from the sidelines.

Defender Jordan Clarke will again be assessed as he looks to overcome the knock which also forced him to sit out in midweek.

Long-term absentees Cyrus Christie (knee), Conor Thomas (ankle) and David Bell (hip) remain on the sidelines, while Nathan Cameron (knee) continues to step up his rehabilitation.


Sky Blues manager Andy Thorn is not underestimating Bury's threat, and said: "Our preparation for the game will be exactly the same as it would have been were it Sheffield United. We'll prepare the right way, we'll be aware of them and what they can do and what they can't do.

"The biggest thing is we don't get frustrated. They're a decent side. It's important we don't get frustrated and start trying to force things and play a way we don't play."

Meanwhile, Bury expect David Healy to be available for his debut when they face the Sky Blues.

Northern Ireland international striker Healy penned a one-year deal at Gigg Lane on Thursday, but the club must receive international clearance from Scotland following his release by Rangers at the end of last season.

Another new arrival set for action is midfielder Shane Byrne after the 19-year-old agreed to move from Leicester on a two year-contract earlier this week.

Byrne made 15 appearances for Bury before injury curtailed a loan spell last season.

Veteran centre-back Efe Sodje serves the final game of a three-match ban dating back to his red card in the Capital One Cup defeat to Middlesbrough, while captain Steven Schumacher is also banned having been sent off for two bookable offences in Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at Doncaster.

David Worrall will be unavailable for two to three weeks after suffering soft muscle damage around the ankle in midweek.