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INTERVIEW: "You’ve Got To Give Them Time"

Robins gives an update on the fitness of those returning from injury...

6 December 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins insists those players returning from injury will need time to ‘acclimatise’ and get back up to level.

In midweek, City welcomed the return of Jodi Jones from injury, as well as a first start for midfielder Jamie Allen against MK Dons.

However, with several players continuing their return from injury, Robins believes they will take time get back to one hundred percent.

He said: “I think you’ve got to give them time and a chance to acclimatise and get to the level, you can’t come back from injury and be at one hundred miles per hour straight away.

“You’ve got to be a little bit patient but the right to excited because we’re all excited, I think there’s some good players here and that should drive standards.

“People will feel that pressure and you want them to feel that pressure and perform and look behind and know someone is ready to take their place.

“That’s part of being in a team but also there’s a lot of games and either a dip in form or energy levels we’ve got the opportunity to change that round a little bit.

“They’re 90 minutes closer but you look at the amount of time they’ve been out they are still a way away from being able to compete and being at the level others have been at because the others have been fit and performing and you can’t improve when you’re injured.

“Those sort of obstacles you have to overcome as a player but we’re going to try and get them as closed as we possibly can do which is why it was important to get minutes into them on Tuesday night.”

City entertain Ipswich Town this weekend for the second of a trilogy of games in the space of just eight days between the two sides.

It will be a first meeting between the two in league football in over eight years and a win for the Sky Blues could see them move within two points of the Tractor Boys.

However, with the season only being in early December, Robins told how this game won’t ‘define’ the rest of the season.

“It’s the biggest game of the week that’s for sure, it’s the biggest game since last week and we’ll look forward to it the same as any other game.

“I think we’re in a good position, we’re in decent shape and it will be something- it won’t define the season- regardless of which way it goes we’ll just move in to the next one.

“Ultimately it’s a good game and a brilliant test.”

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