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INTERVIEW: Robins Talks O'Hare And Injuries

The Sky Blues face Gillingham tomorrow afternoon...

23 August 2019

The Sky Blues welcomed the addition of Callum O’Hare to the squad this week and manager Mark Robins revealed he is a player he has been after for some time.

The 21-year-old joins the Sky Blues on a season long loan from Premier League side Aston Villa.

O’Hare spent the second half of last season on loan at Carlisle United, where he gained some first team experience in League Two.

After signing for the Sky Blues, Robins told how the transfer is one the club have been looking to do for a while.

He said: “Callum is a young player, he’s come in from Aston Villa and he’s been training with their first team and he’s played there in pre-season.

“I tried to sign him when we were in league two but couldn’t manage to get it over the line then.

“He came to watch us last weekend and he followed the game on Tuesday night and managed to get the deal done yesterday.

“It was something we have been looking to do for a while and he’s someone who’s always been on the radar.

“He’s quick, nimble and clever and still young.

“He’s strong and he is a great character and he has a good personality for his age so hopefully he can help us and we can help him.”

The Sky Blues will be without Fankaty Dabo and Gervane Kastaneer for tomorrow’s clash with Gillingham, so the introduction of Callum O’Hare could help in that department.

During the pre-match press conference, Robins also gave an update on the fitness of Josh Pask and Jodi Jones.

“We’ve picked up some needless suspensions and also significant injuries with Josh Pask’s injury he suffered last week.

“An innocuous incident which happened on the training round has resulted in him having an operation and he will be out for 12 weeks so those are things you would like to avoid, but we have to deal with it.

“Elsewhere, Jodi Jones is in rehab and he won’t be too far away and when he gets going it will be another top player coming back and he’s looking really good.

“He has rehabbed really well and hopefully this time he can really kick on in his recovery, so there’s still lots to do.”

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