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Conor Coady’s Injury Sours Leicester City’s Opener Against Coventry

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Leicester City’s fans were eagerly awaiting the opening game of the season against Coventry, but an unfortunate injury to their star defender Conor Coady has put a damper on the excitement. The 30-year-old summer signing from Wolves suffered a foot injury during a friendly with OH Leuven, leaving new Foxes boss Enzo Maresca uncertain about the extent of his absence.

Coady’s absence will be sorely felt not only because of his exceptional skills on the pitch but also due to his leadership qualities. Maresca remarked, “He’s a good player, but also a leader. You can hear his voice, talking with everybody. When you have such a player on the field, it’s a real boost for the manager.”

Leicester City’s injury concerns don’t end with Coady, as Victor Kristiansen and Alex Smithies are also unavailable. However, there is some good news for the Foxes as Jamie Vardy, Dennis Praet, and Wout Faes are fit and ready for the Championship fixture, having missed the last pre-season friendly against Liverpool in Singapore.

On the other side, Coventry has been embroiled in transfer talks involving Brazilian midfielder Gustavo Hamer. The 25-year-old has now completed a club record £7.7m move from Turkish side Antalyaspor, bringing excitement to the Sky Blues’ camp. Another transfer speculation revolves around striker Haji Wright, whose signing before the big kick-off has been in question all week.

Mark Robins, the City boss, is optimistic about the squad’s abilities despite the transfer distractions. He stated, “What we have is what we’ve got. My focus has been on working with the players in the building and getting a top-notch performance on Sunday.”

Robins has a decision to make regarding his goalkeeper selection. Ben Wilson, the first-choice keeper from last season, had been nursing a back problem, making his availability uncertain. Alternatively, he could hand a debut to summer signing Brad Collins.

As the anticipation builds for the clash between the 2016 Premier League champions and the play-offs finalists, all eyes will be on the new signings and the impact they can make. Hamer’s return from injury and Wright’s potential debut are exciting prospects for Coventry, while Leicester City’s fans will be eager to see their star striker Vardy back in action.

Despite the injury setback to Conor Coady, both teams are determined to kick off the season with a strong performance and lay the groundwork for a successful campaign. The Foxes will miss their leader on the field, but Maresca’s tactical acumen will surely guide them through this challenging period.

In conclusion, the Leicester City vs. Coventry fixture promises to be an intriguing battle between two determined teams, with both looking to start their campaign on a high note. Football fans across the country eagerly await the kickoff as the stage is set for an enthralling clash between these two competitive sides.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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