Coventry City will look to make the loan signing of Gael Bigirimana permanent in January.

The League Two club also aiming to do the same with Joe Cole, who is still on Aston Villa’s books but unwanted.

Coventry boss Tony Mowbray was left apologizing to Gael Bigirimana last weekend as rather than pick his team/squad purely on ability, he had to leave one of his six loan players out altogether.

The rules stating that ‘only’ five loan players can be named in the 18 on a matchday.

Mowbray has indicated that he may rotate who misses out until he gets a more permanent solution, as he says the six loan players are ‘all just about first picks’.

Coventry went down 1-0 at Sheffield United and after he left Gael Bigirimana out, Tony Mowbray used all five of his other loan players. Adam Armstrong, Jacob Murphy and ben Turner all starting, with Ryan Kent and Joe Cole used from the bench on this occasion.

Talking about the possibility of signing the likes of Joe Cole and Gael Bigirimana, Tony Mowbray said that it could serve two purposes. He could build up the core strength at the Sky Blues, plus it could allow him to bring in at least one other loan signing.

Tony Mowbray:

“It was a difficult conversation with Gael about not playing, being told he’s not in the 18, I had the same at the end of last season and it’s a reflection of where the club is really. We’ve got six loans and they’re all just about first picks so it’s a difficult scenario.

“It shows this club hasn’t got an underbelly. We need some players, Coventry City players who are signed, sealed and delivered with two years left on their contract. If someone wants to buy them we are in a strong position where we either don’t have to let them go or can negotiate a decent price for them and reinvest the money to buy some more players.

“January is three weeks away now and things could change then. Hopefully we might be able to firm up some of the loans to permanent signings and then the problem disappears, so I have some choices to make on a matchday over the next few weeks.

“It’s not just about keeping Gael happy, it’s about keeping whoever happy because each game might dictate a different option for us.

“All six would get in the starting line-up so it’s a bit frustrating but there’s a lot of games and I have told them all that they have to accept it, take it on the chin and if there’s a day they have to sit on the bench or sit in the stand it’s not because they’ve been poor, it’s just they are being rested that day and have to be ready for the next one.

 “I make my choices based on who we’re playing and what attributes the players have got. We’ll see what the next round of games bring.

“When we win no-one mentions who got left out. When we lose people ask why certain players aren’t involved, but let’s see what happens as we work our way through the minefield of games coming up.”