Coventry striker Marlon King will serve a four-match ban for his dismissal during Saturday's 4-1 home defeat to Bristol City.

The length of the suspension comes as a real blow for a Coventry side who are sliding alarmingly down the Championship table and are now 19th - just six points off the drop zone - following one victory in 14 matches.

Speaking after Saturday's loss, manager Aidy Boothroyd said: "If Marlon has raised his hand it gives him (the referee) no option and he has to go."

King is City's leading scorer this season with seven goals in all competitions, six of which have come in the league.


But his red card for an off-the-ball clash with Damion Stewart during Saturday`s heaviest defeat of the season will result in him missing a third of the Sky Blues' remaining fixtures this season.

With King having also been sent off against Ipswich on New Year`s Day, he now misses Tuesday`s trip to Doncaster as well as the games against Hull, Burnley and Preston.

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