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INTERVIEW: "We Can't Wait To Get Started."

The Sky Blues take on Southend in the season opener...

2 August 2019

The Sky Blues take on Southend United tomorrow afternoon, as they return to League One football.

The Shrimpers are the opponents in the season opener for the Sky Blues, as Mark Robins side look to get off to a winning start.

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Kevin Bond will start his first full season in charge of Southend United, having taken over from Chris Powell midway through the 2018/19 campaign.

Robins spoke about the threats that Southend will possess come kick-off but insists it’s about what his side do on the day.

“I came across Kevin early on when he was at Bournemouth and I was caretaker manager at Rotherham.

“He has done well going in there, stabilising them and he has got Gary Waddock alongside him, so they have a wealth of experience

“You press the refresh button, and everyone starts off the same. It’s game one and we look forward to it and we can’t wait to get started.

“We’re aware of a number of threats they pose, but it’s all about us and I want us to go and perform on a good surface.

“We are very limited on what we can find out about opposition at this stage but we’re aware of their players and the qualities that they can possess and their strengths and weaknesses.

“Hopefully we can perform to a good level and start off on a good note and if we can get a win then that gives us a first positive experience of St Andrew’s.”

The Sky Blues look set to head into the first game of the season without new signing Gervane Kastaneer.

The winger came off against Liverpool Under-23s during the first-half and the Manager confirmed he will be without him for a short period of time.

“Every time you go through pre-season you don’t want to pick up injuries but Gervane is one of those who has had a significant injury to his ankle.

“He went over on his ankle at Rugby Town against Liverpool and came off early on and hasn’t trained since.

“He has been improving slowly and it isn’t as bad as we thought it could’ve been and hopefully he will be back in the next ten days to two weeks.”

There was also an update on Jamie Allen, Dominic Hyam and Max Biamou.

“Jamie had a tear to a muscle in the hip area and he will be a week to ten days out.

“Dom Hyam played behind closed doors the other day and he got through that and is training, so he will be available and everyone else is ok.

“Max is available he has trained and worked his socks off after the horrible situation he was in and he has done well in pre-season.

“He has had some minutes and he scored a great goal against Swindon last week but we just need to see where we go and like everyone else he’s in the mix.”


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