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INTERVIEW: Michael Doyle Previews Morecambe Fixture

8 December 2017

This weekend the Sky Blues travel to the Globe Arena in Sky Bet League Two action against Morecambe.

It could be a special occasion for the City captain, as he could be set to make his 700th career appearance in the game Saturday afternoon.

Michael Doyle has made 320 appearances for Coventry during his career, scoring 23 goals during his time and he reflected on his debut for City back in 2003.

He said “We played Peterborough in the League Cup and Stephen Warnock had a tight calf so he pulled out and I got the left back role and I think it was the last time I ever played there, thank god.

“It wasn’t the most enjoyable game, but there you go, 699 games later here I am and it’s brilliant to be back here and to get to that number I’m delighted.

“It doesn’t feel like 700, it goes so quick and I was never one to count the number of games.

“I knew must have been close playing 46 games a season over the years, so I knew was racking up a lot of appearances, but to get to that number is brilliant for myself.

“I’ve kept myself fit and I’ve had luck with not getting injuries, so it all comes together, you stay fit and you stay strong.

“There isn’t many times you go out feeling 100%, but sometimes you’ve got to play through the knocks and the bruises and that’s the person I am, I don’t like to miss games, so I’ve been fortunate and I’ve been able to push my body through my career.”

After a six year spell away from the club, Doyle returned this summer on the back of promotion to League One with Portsmouth.

And, that is the reason Michael insists he has come back to the Sky Blues, as he wants to help the club climb back up the divisions and continue that push with three points against Morecambe.

“Certainly for me the hunger is still there and when that goes I won’t be playing.

“I’ve come back here to help the club get promotion, because as soon as I knew Coventry were interested, it’s my home and where I started so straight away I wanted to play a part in helping the club get back up the divisions, because that’s the drive for me to be a part of that.

“It’s a tough ground to go to this time of the year the Globe Arena, it’s one of them places, it’s a tough away ground to go to at any time of the year, but especially at this time.

“You know what you’re going to be up against. They’re a big physical side and we need to be ready for that because we’re going to have to fight.”

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