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Coventry striker to have operation

Leon Clarke
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The Coventry City striker, Leon Clarke, will have an operation to fix a re-occurring ankle problem.

The 28-year-old has been playing in pain over recent weeks but the club and medical staff have taken the decision to resolve the injury to stop any long-term problems.

The operation, which will happen on Monday, will mean Clarke will miss the rest of the Sky Blues' 2012/2013 season.

City's newly appointed boss Steven Pressley says the decision was made in the best interests of the striker's long-term fitness.

"Leon's ankle problem has been something that he has carried and the way he has performed despite this is a testament to him.

"We obviously need to bear in mind Leon's long-term fitness and felt this decision was the right one."

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Steven Pressley: 'I still believe the club has an opportunity to finish the season on a high'

by Steve Clamp
Steve Pressley
Steve Pressley Credit: ITV News Central

"We'll work hard to recruit the right players and work hard with the academy. We have talked at length about what is wanted, attacking football is an aim for all of us, a good passing game.

"With ten games left I still believe the club has an opportunity to finish the season on a high.

"I've taken my first training session this morning, Lee Carsley and the legend that is Steve Ogrizovic , who I played with will stay on coaching the team.

"It was a hard decision to leave Falkirrk, we had great fans and players, I gained great experience there, I hope that that experience will help me here.

"I do think the performances of the last 6 months suggest the players do have the quality required." (to make the play offs).

Coventry director: 'Pressley is a hungry and ambitious young manager'

He’s a hungry and highly ambitious young manager and we have all been very impressed with him and his record so far.

We wanted someone who could come in and hit the ground running because we have 10 very important games left this season. But we also wanted somebody who would take us forward into the future and prioritise youth development and the club’s role in the community.

– Steve Waggott, Coventry City development director

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