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"If the right player is out there and it is something we can do, then we will." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

23 October 2015

The Sky Blues boss has confirmed the club are already looking to replace centre-back Reda Johnson...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has confirmed work has already begun to find a replacement for defender Reda Johnson.

The City centre-back is likely to miss the rest of the 2015/16 campaign due to a hamstring tendon injury sustained during the 0-0 draw against Blackpool.

The City defence has performed remarkably well this season and kept their fourth-staight clean sheet against Rochdale in midweek, with Sam Ricketts and Aaron Martin in central defence.

Whilst Mowbray admitted he is already looking for a suitable replacement for Johnson, and was quick to say he has confidence in the players already at the club.

The City boss said: "Recruitment is hugely important in any football club. Lots of names will get known at you at times like these but it's about finding the right ones.

"In the short-term, in-house, the defence are keeping clean sheets with Sam Ricketts and Aaron Martin at the back. We've also got Jordan Willis coming back into it as well.

"If the right player is out there and it is something we can do, then we will to make sure the strength of the side, in terms of numbers, is maintained and we have the right amount of options.

"It is obviously a huge blow for the side but our thoughts are with Reda really as he has been a model professional since the summer and doesn't deserve this injury."

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