Former Canaries not sure to start

DAVID CUFFLEY Two ex-Canaries will be eager for a slice of the action against their old club at Carrow Road on Saturday - but neither is guaranteed a place in Coventry manager Iain Dowie's starting line-up.

DAVID CUFFLEY

Two ex-Canaries will be eager for a slice of the action against their old club at Carrow Road tomorrow - but neither is guaranteed a place in Coventry manager Iain Dowie's starting line-up.

It's a case of wait and see for goalkeeper Andy Marshall and striker Leon McKenzie as the Sky Blues bid to bounce back from a 4-0 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion 11 days ago.

Marshall, 32, who made 219 appearances for Norwich before moving to Ipswich on a free transfer in 2001, has been battling with Greek 'keeper Demitrios Konstantopoulos for a place in the side.


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Konstantopoulos began the season as first choice, lost his place after a 4-1 defeat at Ipswich and failed to win it back when Marshall starred in the 2-0 Carling Cup victory at Manchester United.

But after playing eight games in a row, Marshall injured his back in the 2-1 Carling Cup home defeat by West Ham and his rival returned for the last three games - away wins at Stoke and Queen's Park Rangers, followed by the Albion defeat.

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McKenzie, 29, scored 22 goals in 81 games for the Canaries but his chances of facing them for the first time since leaving 15 months ago, as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, could hinge on whether Dowie adopts a 4-4-2 formation or the 4-5-1 he prefers away from home.

Dowie will be forced to make at least two changes with top scorer Michael Mifsud starting a three-match ban and striker Leon Best ruled out by a groin injury. He also has defenders David McNamee and Gary Borrowdale on the way back after injury.

Said Dowie: “We have worked very hard this week preparing for Norwich, detailing our game plan, how we are going to play, what we think can hurt them and what can maybe hurt us.

“They have been quite active in the loan market with a couple of signings but, from our point of view we will be well prepared.

“We know they are going to be up for it but it is about what we do. It is going to be a very competitive game. We went there last season and feel we should have won but it is going to be a tough game.

“We shouldn't go overboard about form because it is about how teams play on the day.

“They like to play off a front man and Jamie Cureton is very bright and sharp and has got goals, and I think he will continue to do that, and Darel Russell has got lots of energy in midfield so we have talked about that.”

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