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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Sunderland

The Sky Blues face the Black Cats this weekend...

12 April 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking forward to tomorrow’s League One clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

City make the trip to take on the Black Cats, who are undefeated in the league since the turn of the year, a run that has stretched to 19 games.

Robins is expecting a ‘difficult test’ but believes it’s one his side should relish, as they look to get back to winning ways.

“We’re all looking forward to it, it’s a brilliant game and we will have just under 3,000 supporters coming and they will get behind us. It’s a great game to be involved with at this time of the year.

“They’ve been really good and they’re unbeaten so far this year and we want to test that and try get three points for ourselves.

“They’re a good team and they’ve got some good players. They’ve got the best squad in the division, brilliant facilities, they have everything going for them.

“They’ve had some real tough times over the last couple of years with relegation from the Premier League and then last season from the Championship, so they’ll be looking to bounce back as quickly as they can.

“They have a few injuries that they’ve had to cope with, and the manager has come down from Scotland and has done an unbelievable job.

“It will be a difficult test, but it’s one we are all relishing and we want to continue the form that we have been showing and hopefully we can turn things on its head and get a result.”

The Sky Blues will be without midfield duo Tom Bayliss and David Meyler for the weekend, with both sustaining injuries against Bristol Rovers last time out.

Meyler will miss the clash against his former club, who he spent five years with from 2008 – 2013, but Robins revealed he will still make the trip.

“David Meyler had an operation on Wednesday morning and he’s now on the mend and he will stay with us and come to the game against Sunderland this weekend.” He said.

“He will remain with us to rehabilitate for as long as he and Reading are happy to do so.

“Also, Tom has broken his arm in two places, he’s broken both bones and he’s had the cast on and they’ve relined the bones so he won’t need any further surgery.

“He has to go back to make sure the bones are still in the right place next week, but he has a lightweight cast on, so he continues to recover.”

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