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Reda on hand to make debut; SKY BLUES TOUR.

Byline: Andy Turner Sky Blues Reporter andy.turner@coventrytelegraph.net

STEVEN Pressley is confident that newlyinstalled Sky Blues skipper Reda Johnson will get the all clear to play his first game for the club tonight after a suffering a freak accident in a lift.

The 26-year-old summer signing hooked up with the City squad at their Italian training camp on Monday after returning from international duty with Benin over the weekend, the powerful centre-half helping his country to a 1-0 African Nations Cup qualifying win over Malawi.

He wasn't due to feature in Monday night's 2-0 opening tour victory over AS Roma B, where he sat in the stands with his right hand and wrist strapped up.

"Reda's all right, I just hope the Malawi striker is OK," quipped City boss Pressley when asked about the player who is not known for taking prisoners on the pitch.

Joking aside, the manager revealed: "He's fine, he just had a little bit of an accident with a lift but he's in good spirits because Benin won."

Johnson revealed the accident happened as he was getting a connecting flight from Paris to join the squad in Italy, explaining: "My hand got caught in an elevator door at Charles de Gaulle Airport. But it's OK, nothing serious."

City are due to play Chievo Verona today (5pm).

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 23, 2014
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