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LIVE: Coventry City's Jordan Willis stays but will miss semi-final and 3 league games as red card appeal rejected

Les Reid 31st Jan, 2017

THE Sky Blues are keeping captain Jordan Willis but have had their appeal against his red card rejected – meaning a four-match ban and him missing the Checkatrade Trophy semi-final next Tuesday, club sources have told us.

Coventry City has confirmed to us Willis is definitely staying at the club.

We understand there was no further interest after 6.15pm from Rotherham in the club captain.

As we revealed, the 6.15pm ‘final deadline’ set by Rotherham passed for Coventry City to accept their already rejected third bid for him.

We revealed earlier Coventry City sources had dismissed as completely false media reports elsewhere they had accepted a third offer yesterday, and that the player had failed to agree terms with the Yorkshire club.

Slade earlier this month publicly stated other clubs should think if again if they thought they could pick up the struggling League One club’s players on the cheap.

Coventry City have also repeatedly stated all players have their price.

The straight red for Willis’ first-half tackle at Northampton Town last Saturday has resulted in the ‘all football ban’ – which extends from three to four games because the Ricoh Arena cup tie versus Wycombe falls within the ban period, the club told us.

The 22-year-old was sent off for a challenge on David Buchanan after just 15 minutes at Sixfields Stadium, after which City slumped to a 3-0 defeat.

Speaking about the challenge after Saturday’s defeat, City boss Russell Slade said: “It is a bit harsh, having looked at it. He’s won the ball, but it has been construed as dangerous.”

The Sky Blues appealed to the Football Association.

The skipper will also miss Saturday’s home clash against Millwall and the trips to Oldham and AFC Wimbledon, all crucial games as City fight to avoid relegation from League One.

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