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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Gives Sky Blues Injury Update

Reise Allassani and Dan Bartlett suffer long term injuries...

13 September 2019

Mark Robins revealed in his pre-match interview that winger Reise Allassani has suffered a tear to his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).

Reise joins midfielder Dan Bartlett who also suffered the same injury earlier this week in the Sky Blues Under-23s 2-0 win over Hull City.

The devastating news means the duo will face lengthy time on the side lines, with players in the past expecting around nine months away from action.

Speaking about the news of the injuries, Robins told how it is horrendous news for the pair.

He said: “Reise Allassani has done his ACL as well and that’s horrendous, and we speak about why, because we’ve had two a season for the last few seasons now.

“We’ve had a rupture again with Jodi last season which was terrible, and you look at it and there was no one near any of them in most of the cases, however Dan’s situation was different on Monday as he was under a challenge.

“It’s a clean tear of the ACL for both Reise and Dan so you’d think it would be a clean fix, but it’s just the timing of it and the graft has to take so the longer you give it the better it will be.

“I haven’t spoken to Reise yet, he’s down in London on loan at Dulwich Hamlet, so we will look to bring him back here for assessment, but he has significant damage to his knee as well, so it’s going to take a significant recovery.

“They will need some assistance with surgery and mentally through their rehabilitation and recovery and things are in place for them to achieve a full recovery.”

There was also an update on midfielder Jamie Allen, who was replaced by Dan Bartlett in the opening ten minutes of the 23s game on Monday.

The Gaffer confirmed that Allen has suffered a similar injury to the one he was recovering from and has put no time scale on his return date.

“Jamie has done a reoccurrence of the injury he has had which is something the physio hasn’t seen before apart from once and we’ve done a bit of reading up on it.

“There’s a specialist in Coventry that the physio is talking to as they look to get to the bottom of it, but you can’t access it, you can’t get hands on it because it’s deep inside the pelvis as it part of the hip movement.

“It’s disappointing for everyone concerned, but Jamie will be back.

“He would just like to be out there playing because that’s what he lives for, he’s an infectious character, but with nature about him on the field and he will have missed that.

“This is a really unusual injury and we have to put it down to bad luck I suppose and just focus on what we can do to help him back to full health.”


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