After picking up his fifth booking of the season, Conor Thomas will now be suspended for the home game with Tranmere Rovers this Saturday, but who should step into central midfield alongside John Fleck?
Fleck himself served a suspension for five cautions in the FA Cup away tie at AFC Wimbledon in the game previous, where Adam Barton stepped in to partner Thomas in a 3-1 victory.
Another option is academy graduate Billy Daniels, who stepped in for club captain Carl Baker earlier in the season when Baker was sent off against Leyton Orient in the League Cup. In eight appearances, Daniels has scored three goals this season, including a brace against Bristol City in the first home game played at Sixfields. Bringing in Daniels however, could see Franck Moussa coming into the centre, and Daniels out on the wing.
A third option for manager Steven Pressley to consider is that of handing a first team debut to Conor’s namesake, George Thomas, who was handed a first team squad number ahead of the 0-1 away victory at Walsall earlier in the season.
Talking about Thomas’ suspension to The Coventry Telegraph, John Fleck feels it could be good for his ever-present partner so far this season, “He’s a great player for us as we’ve all seen this season so I am sure we are going to miss Conor on Saturday,”
“But I am sure Billy Daniels or Adam Barton can come in and fill his boots as Adam did when I was suspended.
“I suppose the one positive thing is that we have both got the bans out of the way now, but no-one wants to be suspended for any game.
“I was disappointed with myself to miss last week although it was obviously going to come at some stage. So better get it out of the way so we can crack on.”
“I think you need good partnerships down the spine of any good team and we just work really hard for each other and understand each other’s game, and try to play off each other,” said 22-year-old Fleck who believes he’s in the form of his developing young career.
“I feel I am playing well and hopefully I can kick on now and see where it takes us.
“But this is the best form I’ve been in since I have been at the club, 100 per cent. Obviously getting my game time and playing the position I like to play in is a huge help, as well as playing with good players like Conor who allows me to get recovery time in.
“I try to work hard and give him the ball as well so it’s worked out great.
“I feel very fit at the moment and how the manager wants me to play you need to work hard, and I think we are all doing that as a team.”
One former Coventry City player could line up for Tranmere in central midfield on Saturday in Steven Jennings, who has returned to the club where he made his name before moving to Motherwell, after being released by Pressley in the summer.
Coventry City v Tranmere Rovers is a 2pm kick off on Saturday, due to Northampton Saints rugby in the evening.