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Ricoh return excites Pressley

Steven Pressley believes Coventry's emotional return to the Ricoh Arena will unlock the club's potential.

A 16-month exile in Northampton will come to an end in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Friday night when City - a Premier League club as recently as 2001 - host Gillingham in League One.

A solution has been found to the long-running rent dispute between the club's owners and the company which runs the Ricoh, and the supporters who stayed away last season have responded in big numbers.

Coventry announced late on Thursday that all home tickets had been sold for the game - a far cry from the average 2,348 fans who showed up at Sixfields last season.

Manager Pressley told Sky Sports News: "I think it's been very apparent that every single person in the city has been affected in one way or another by the club leaving for that period of time. To come home to a full house is going to be a truly wonderful occasion.

"We had 2-3,000 supporters camped outside the club shop to get tickets for the game, which just shows how big a potential this club has. As a manager I just hope we can start fulfilling that potential."

Watch Coventry's homecoming live on Sky Sports 2 on Friday night. Coverage begins at 7.30pm