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Coventry City Vs Barnsley, Sat 9 Jan 2010

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January capture Gary Deegan will be hoping to make his Coventry debut against Barnsley.

The tenacious midfielder sealed his move from Bohemians this week and is likely to be included in Chris Coleman's matchday 18, although a starting berth is unlikely as the Irishman settles into English football.

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has recovered from the sickness bug that forced him off at half-time in last weekend's FA Cup draw at Portsmouth and he should be okay to take his place between the sticks.

Coleman welcomes back on-loan defender Leon Barnett and striker Gary Madine after they were denied permission to play against Pompey but midfielder Jack Cork has returned to parent club Chelsea and will therefore not be available.

Long-term absentees Ben Turner, Jordan Clarke and Isaac Osbourne returned to training last month but are still not quite match fit enough to be considered.

Barnsley manager Mark Robins could be tempted to make one or two changes.

Robins, who has no new injury or suspension worries, has the luxury of choosing from a full-strength squad, but admitted his players had under-performed when going down at Scunthorpe last weekend in the FA Cup.

The Tykes boss has plenty of options with the likes of Jon Macken, Iain Hume, Adam Hammill, Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Darren Moore all starting on the substitutes' bench at Glanford Park.

Robins said: "People have to be on their toes at the moment because there are a lot of other players at the club tugging at the shirt to take it from them."

Barnsley are unbeaten in their last eight league matches.

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