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Coventry City Vs Blackpool, Sat 30 Jan 2010

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Freddy Eastwood will be assessed on Friday as Coventry boss Chris Coleman considers his options for the visit of Blackpool.

The striker missed Tuesday's goalless draw at Swansea with a knee injury and did not train on Thursday, but he is hopeful of being available to face a Pool side who romped to a convincing 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture back in August.

Centre-back James McPake was forced off at half-time at the Liberty Stadium due to a migraine but he has recovered and should start.

Fellow defender Leon Barnett is available for the last time before his loan spell ends on January 31, but Coventry remain locked in talks with West Brom regarding his future.

Jordan Clarke continues to miss out with his ankle injury while midfielder Isaac Osbourne (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Ben Turner trained fully on Thursday after his troublesome ankle problem but he is not expected to feature so soon, with fellow defender Marcus Hall also close to a return after injury.

Blackpool are boosted by the news Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan has extended his loan until the end of the season.

Bannan, 20, has impressed in eight appearances since joining the Seasiders in November and had come onto bitter rivals Preston's radar.

However, Villa boss Martin O'Neill has now given him permission to stay at Bloomfield Road for the remainder of the campaign.

Manager Ian Holloway is hoping to add more new faces to his squad but admitted he does not expect to make any signings before the weekend.

Jason Euell should come back into contention after missing last weekend's 3-2 home win over Watford for personal reasons.

Strikers Stephen McPhee and Billy Clarke and defender Danny Coid remain sidelined due to injury and attacking midfielder Hameur Bouazza is still on international duty with Algeria.

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