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Coventry set for return to Ricoh Arena

The Sky Blues have been playing in Northampton

Coventry will return to the Ricoh Arena after more than a year playing in Northampton, the club have confirmed.

The Sky Blues are expected to make their home comeback next month, when they are due to host Gillingham in Sky Bet League One .

Coventry had moved to Sixfields in 2013 after a dispute with stadium owners ACL, when the club started to withhold rent payments they believed to be unreasonable in 2012.

But they have struck a deal after talks between lawyers acting for club owners Sisu and ACL, and the move has now been rubber-stamped by the Football League.

Steve Waggott, development director at Coventry, said: "We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry will be thrilled with this news.

"We are under no illusion what a difficult 12 months it has been for the supporters and that was uppermost in our thinking as we worked to get this deal done.

"There has had to be compromise on both sides and the commercial details of the deal will remain confidential.

"Now it is all about looking forward to a really exciting season back in the community and with a real chance of success. I am sure every supporter will want to give Steven Pressley, his staff and players their full backing for the season at the Ricoh.

"Logistically, it's going to mean a huge amount of work between now and the first game back and we would ask supporters to bear with us as all of our efforts up to now have been in getting this deal over the line to get us back to Coventry as soon as possible.

"We will announce details around tickets, season tickets and other information as soon as we can next week but we hope to be back at the Ricoh for the clash with Gillingham. We will keep supporters fully informed of progress to that aim.

"Can I also take this opportunity of thanking Chris Robinson, Chair of ACL, for the professional manner he has conducted our lengthy discussions to reach this agreement."