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Pressley confident of keeping squad

29 August 2013

City boss says he's not only confident he won't lose players in the window but also hopes to add

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley says he is confident he will be able to see out the remainder of the transfer window with his current squad fully intact.

Pressley confirmed he had received an enquiry from fellow League One outfit Sheffield United over the availability of in-form striker Callum Wilson earlier this week but said his response to the enquiry was a swift clarification that the youngster is not for sale.

Wilson currently has five goals to his name so far in this campaign, one ahead of strike partner Leon Clarke with Franck Moussa and Billy Daniels next in line with three each following an opening five games of the season which have seen City hit the back of the net a record-busting 17 times.

City's free-scoring form has attracted attention but Pressley clarified that he is under no pressure to sell any of his players.

"We have no intention whatsoever to sell any of our players," he said.

"Of course every player has a valuation and if someone comes in with a ridiculous offer then we'll obviously consider it but I don't want to sell any of my players.

"I've been put under no pressure whatsoever to sell unless a valuation on a particular player is met and to be honest that is not something that I anticipate happening.

"Quite the opposite, I'm confident we'll retain our current squad and, if the right kind of players are available, hopefully add to it."

Pressley also gave a squad update ahead of the trip to the Greenhous Meadow Stadium on Saturday to take on Shrewsbury Town.

The Sky Blues are looking to extend their league unbeaten run to four games at a venue which saw City record their second biggest league defeat of last season.

They may have to do it without three of their recent performers though who will all be subject to fitness tests in the lead up to the weekend clash.

"Billy Daniels has missed the last couple of days training with a stomach virus and we hope he can return on Friday but the question is what condition he will be in when he returns considering the illness.

"His goals so far have been a wonderful return for a midfield player and he's given me a headache with his performances and balancing that against Carl Baker coming back after serving his suspension.

"His virus may take away the need to take away a decision which would have been a very difficult one for me because of the way he has performed.

"We're also going to need to wait on Leon Clarke and Blair Adams. Leon has a calf issue which we will need to assess tomorrow (Friday) to see how he gets on and their is a major doubt over Blair with a hamstring problem."

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