CHRIS Coleman, the Blackburn defender, will be out of action until the new year. Coleman underwent an operation after rupturing an Achilles tendon at Coventry on Saturday. The 26-year-old is ruled out of Wales' World Cup qualifying match against the Netherlands in Cardiff tomorrow, and he also seems certain to miss the return match on November 9, as well as the home game against Turkey on December 14. Bobby Gould, the Wales manager, said: 'You really feel for players when they get an injury like this. I'm told he'll be out for a minimum of four months, which is tragic for the lad.' Gould is already without the suspended Ryan Giggs for the Dutch game and the loss of Coleman is another setback, although the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, Mark Pembridge, may have recovered from injury in time for the game. Former Manchester City full-back Willie Donachie has turned down the chance to return to the troubled First Division club as manager. Donachie said he had decided to remain as Everton's first team coach. Graham Kavanagh, the Middlesbrough midfielder, is to join Stoke City for GBP250,000, with the sum doubling if he plays 50 games for the First Division club. Wolves have confirmed their interest in another Middlesbrough midfield player, Craig Hignett, who is on the transfer list at GBP750,000. Sunderland defender Martin Scott, sent off in last Saturday's 2-0 Premiership defeat at Arsenal, has had a second operation in three months. The 28-year-old Scott had a hernia operation before the soccer season began and had further surgery on Monday on a troublesome groin injury. 'We knew Martin had to have an operation at some stage and decided that as we have no game for two weeks and he will be suspended for the derby against Middlesbrough, this was a good time to have it done,' said assistant manager Paul Bracewell. Swiss coach Rolf Fringer has omitted Everton fullback Marc Hottiger from his squad for Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Finland in Helsinki. Hottiger, who was won 63 caps, is the main casualty in the 18-strong squad as Fringer rings the changes after the embarrassing 1-0 loss in Azerbaijan in Switzerland's opening group three match a month ago. Lausanne midfielder Christophe Ohrel has also been dropped. Meanwhile, Peter Reid has accepted that he will be asked by the English Football Association to explain his reactions when Scott was dismissed for two bookable offences at Highbury. Referee Paul Danson ordered Reid from the dugout after the Sunderland manager had reacted angrily to Scott's second yellow card. 'I have not heard from the FA but I expect I will be receiving some mail from them fairly soon,' he said. 'Everything I have to say on the situation I said on Saturday and I stand by that. 'I was unprofessional and I have apologised.' Bolton Wanderers are trying to sign the former Manchester United player Mark Hughes in a GBP1.5 million deal from Chelsea. Colin Todd, the Bolton manager, wants to sign Hughes before the two sides meet in the Coca-Cola Cup later this month. Former Blackburn and Everton striker Mike Newell has stunned Birmingham by asking for a transfer just two months after his arrival at the first division club. Blues' manager Trevor Francis confirmed his GBP775,000 signing had submitted a written request. Aston Villa have accepted a formal transfer request from Republic of Ireland defender Paul McGrath and said on Wednesday he could leave as soon as they received an acceptable offer. 'I've agreed to his transfer request,' Villa manager Brian Little said. 'When people ask to leave I've normally made sure that I've been able to move them on.' 'In any case, in those circumstances it is very difficult to think about picking him to play. I am open to offers for Paul, although, as yet, nobody has enquired.' Villa are asking GBP200,000 for McGrath, capped 82 times by his ccountry, to cover his pre-season signing-on fee and subsequent wages.