Coventry City Vs Cardiff City, Tue 16 Mar 2010

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Coventry will assess the fitness of Sammy Clingan over the next 24 hours as they look to leapfrog sixth-placed Cardiff in the table when the two sides meet at the Ricoh Arena.

The midfielder emerged from Saturday`s 1-1 draw against Plymouth complaining of a tight calf and did not train on Monday as he received treatment.

Manager Chris Coleman is hopeful the former Norwich man will be okay but will not make a decision on his availability until Tuesday.

Centre-back Leon Barnett returns from his most recent two-match suspension although he is unlikely to start due to the recent return of Richard Wood, who played all 90 minutes against the Pilgrims after a hip problem.

David Bell also made it on the bench at the weekend after a knee problem and he is in contention again but defenders Ben Turner, Issac Osbourne and Jordan Clarke remain out for the longer-term.

The visit of Cardiff is followed by trips to fellow promotion rivals Swansea and West Brom in the space of a testing week. Asked whether he is tempted to shuffle his line-up, Coleman replied: "Yeah I am, not because anybody has done anything wrong but these games are going to be really tough on the squad and we`re going to need to utilise it."

Gabor Gyepes and Kevin McNaughton are both doubts for Cardiff, leaving manager Dave Jones with a potential defensive headache.

Centre-back Gyepes was ruled out of Saturday`s 1-0 defeat at Leicester with a sore back, leaving full-back McNaughton to come across and fill in.

But now McNaughton is struggling with a thigh strain, meaning Jones could be short of options at the heart of defence.

Captain Mark Hudson (ankle) is not expected to return until around mid-April, along with influential midfielder Joe Ledley (hips).

Striker Michael Chopra serves the second game of his two-match ban for accruing 10 bookings this season, meaning he will miss out at the Ricoh Arena as the Sky Blues look to leapfrog the Bluebirds into the play-off places.

However, Jones has received good news in that the trio of Peter Whittingham, Stephen McPhail and Mark Kennedy - who all returned to action at the Walkers Stadium after lengthy absences - have suffered no ill-effects and should be okay to continue.

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Leicester City
Norwich City
David Bell
West Bromwich Albion
Ben Turner
Gabor Gyepes
Peter Whittingham
Jordan Clarke
Leon Barnett
Mark Hudson
Cardiff City
Richard Wood
Michael Chopra
Stephen McPhail
Joe Ledley
Kevin McNaughton
Mark Hudson
Mark Hudson
Mark Kennedy
Coventry City
Plymouth Argyle
Swansea City
Sammy Clingan

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