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TEAM NEWS: Coventry City's Tony Mowbray admits 'bare bones' as three young players are drafted

6 November 2015

Bassala Sambou, Ben Stevenson and Dion Kelly-Evans all handed squad numbers ahead of the first-round FA Cup fixture...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray admitted he is down to the 'bare bones' ahead of the first-round FA Cup tie against Northampton Town.

Adam Armstrong and Ryan Kent won't be available to take part in the fixture whilst Romain Vincelot is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 4-3 win against Barnsley.

Conor Thomas is likely to come into midfield as well as striker Marc-Antoine Fortune and Ruben Lameiras could also come into the side, with Aston Villa loanee Joe Cole available for selection.

City boss Tony Mowbray said: "Conor has had a frustrating first few months of the season. He suffered two concussions which kept him out for an extended period of time.

"We're also managing him at the moment as he has an ongoing hip problem which will probably need to be sorted soon but we need him to be fit and ready at the moment.

"It's been difficult for him but the weekend presents him with an opportunity. We've got some options but it's just the numbers really. The list of injuries is quite long so we've decided to give three young players squad numbers for the weekend.

"There's no fresh injuries, but we manage people as they go along, the likes of Chris Stokes and Joe Cole. It's an important process we've got to manage for what is a tough game."

Ben Stevenson, Dion Kelly-Evans and Bassala Sambou have all been handed squad numbers ahead of the fixture.

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