THE SKY BLUES welcome Stern John back to training tomorrow after the striker was released from his loan spell at Derby County on Thursday.

John is likely to be on the bench for Monday's game at QPR, and manager Micky Adams is urging him to make the most of the second half of the season in a City shirt to ensure he is in good form going into the World Cup.

"Stern has got fantastic ability and you hope that anyone who is in the frame for the World Cup, whoever they are, would pick up their performances between now and the end of the season just to guarantee their place."

And John's club and international team-mate, goalkeeper Clayton Ince, is delighted he is back, saying: "Having any player back is always good, especially someone of Stern's calibre. He has been down and out so far.

"Both of us have been out of it so we need to cheer each other up and try to support each other to get ourselves back in the frame.

"I have kept in touch with him while he has been at Derby and we have been trying to give each other words of confidence to get ourselves back in it, and if we can't then both of us need to go somewhere else to play football."