Coventry City manager Micky Adams is waiting on the fitness of his two main international absentees Robert Page and Stern John before deciding on the Sky Blues' team to play Brighton in tomorrow's crunch relegation clash at Highfield Road.

Page and John, both in the Coventry team that lost 1-0 at Sunderland last time out 13 days ago, were involved in World Cup action on Wednesday night.

Page may be more mentally affected after coming on for the last half-hour as a substitute to suffer the disappointment of Wales' late defeat to Austria in Vienna. But John has had the more physically sapping travel schedule, to the Caribbean and back.

John was on duty in Port of Spain, as part of the Trinidad and Tobago team who played out a goalless draw against Costa Rica. And it would be no surprise if Adams opted to go instead with Coventry's other Caribbean striker, big Bermudan Shaun Goater, their pre-deadline signing from Reading.

One player who does not feature is young defender Stuart Giddings, ruled out for the rest of the season after being told he needs an ankle operation.

The England Under-19 defender has been out since the mid- February home defeat to Wigan Athletic with a hamstring injury. But after suffering continual ankle problems throughout this campaign, Giddings has been advised to go under the knife now to rectify a fracture behind his heel, as well as sorting out ligament damage, in a bid to ensure that he is fit for next season.

As to what level Coventry will be at when Giddings returns, a lot hinges on Coventry's next two crucial home games against two of their main relegation rivals, Brighton and Nottingham Forest - both teams Adams used to manage.

First up are Brighton, managed by former Wolves boss Mark McGhee. Although aware that a home win tomorrow would leapfrog the Sky Blues out of the bottom three above his team, the Seagulls boss is in typically ebullient mood.

"We've not got to have any fear of going there," said McGhee. "As much as we respect the fact they'll put up an almighty effort given the position they're in, they've got where they are for a reason.

"We've been to places like Coventry this season and done well. That's the way we've got to approach it."