Boss keeps Wolves guessing
City boss Peter Grant is refusing to give old pal Mick McCarthy any clues to his line-up for the trip to Wolves. Midfielder Luke Chadwick is doubtful because of a hamstring injury, while Ian Murray is on the way back from another bout of illness.
City boss Peter Grant is refusing to give old pal Mick McCarthy any clues to his line-up for the trip to Wolves.
Midfielder Luke Chadwick is doubtful because of a hamstring injury, while Ian Murray is on the way back from another bout of illness. Grant has two other injury problems, but is refusing to name names.
Chadwick didn't reappear for the second half of last weekend's win against Crystal Palace and Grant admitted he was “struggling” to make the trip to the Black Country.
“There are a couple of others I would rather not mention who will struggle for the weekend, but we'll see,” said Grant. “I'd say Chadwick is struggling. He had to come off with a tight hamstring - we worked on him at half-time but he just felt he could maybe have played five minutes and he could be out for six or seven weeks.
“Ian Murray was ill, but he came in and did a little bit of running yesterday - but I can't afford to let bodies drop out.”
David Strihavka had a slight thigh injury but was able to take his place for the midweek trip to Charlton - with Grant admitting the Czech striker had perhaps learned a lesson about the machinations of English football clubs, having failed to alert his manager to his problem.
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“It is a difficult one because David didn't tell us,” Grant said. “On Sunday we trained and he trained. On Monday he trained and did some finishing and shooting and he was into the physio after it saying about his thigh.
“I was disappointed in one respect - I know his keenness to play, but he has got to let us know when there is a doubt because after he came on on Saturday and did well there was a chance of playing him.
“Maybe it's just the fact that he missed so much training and when you train with the intensity we do he is going to have a little bit of stiffness, but it is difficult to say to him does it feel like a strain, does it feel like tightness?
“But Neal Reynolds thinks it will be fine.”