Micky Adams intends to bolster his Coventry City squad before the season kicks off but has dismissed reports linking him with Sunder-land's Kevin Kyle and Hartlepool United goal-keeper Demitrios Konstantopoulos.

The Sky Blues manager is keen to add to his numbers, especially after the final preparations for Sunday's Championship opener with Sunderand were disrupted by the loss of four senior players.

Forward Wayne Andrews has broken his left ankle and defenders Robert Page (back), Mikkel Bischoff (ankle) and Stuart Giddings (hamstring) have been ruled out for the opening fixture at least.

A centre-forward and goalkeeper are understood to be top of the wish-list.

While reports in the North-east suggested Kyle and Konstantopoulos were targets, Adams denied any transfer activity for the duo.

Target man Kyle is anxious to rebuild his career following a serious hip injury but the 25-year-old has a pedigree after scoring 16 goals to help Sunderland reach the 2003-04 Championship play-offs.

While Adams confirmed he had enquired about Greek keeper Konstantopoulos at the end of last season, he was told he was not for sale even though Hartlepool were relegated to League Two last term.

Following the departure of James Scowcroft to Crystal Palace, the Sky Blues could also be in the hunt for a midfielder.

Meanwhile, City have lodged an appeal to the Football Association's disciplinary commission, asking for Gary McSheffrey's red card in their friendly against Boavista to be rescinded. The video will be viewed and a decision made next week.