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INTERVIEW: "I’m hoping the sooner the better"

Robins talks injuries and loanees...

12 December 2020

Ahead of the trip to Adams Park this weekend, Mark Robins confirmed the Sky Blues will be without Wesley Jobello.

The Frenchman missed the game against Luton Town earlier this week and Robins has told how an injury he sustained in training will rule the winger out for the upcoming fixture against Wycombe Wanderers.

“He’s injured.” Robins confirmed.

“He’s got some swelling and it came from a bang after a clash knee on knee. I think so he’s got some bone bruising that’s obviously hampering him and some swelling, so he didn’t take part in training today.”

Jobello will join striker Matty Godden on the sidelines, with the striker still recovering from an injury he picked up against Nottingham Forest.

Robins revealed that Godden was running on Alter G treadmill up to 75% of his body weight on Tuesday and that he was hopeful that the striker would be back on the grass by the end of the week.

“He’ll be a bit closer but at this stage he has got through the Alter G, but I don’t know if he’s had any reaction.

“He may get cleared to be on the grass today, so I’m hoping the sooner the better because we need him back with us as quickly as possible.”

One man who has recovered from a setback is defender Julien Dacosta, after he was on the bench against Luton on Tuesday night.

“He’s doing okay, but it’s really difficult because he was involved on the bench on Tuesday Evening and then he’s got the recovery session after it and he had the day off after to recover from the training that he’s done, and other bits and pieces then he’s trained Thursday and yesterday.

“Literally we can’t get him a game so he might have to play a game on Monday with the 23’s.

“He is going to have to play some time in that game knowing that we have to prepare for the game on Wednesday afterwards.”

Away from the injury news, there was a new deal signed earlier this week, as midfielder Josh Eccles put pen-to-paper on a new contract.

The midfielder is currently out on loan in League One with Gillingham alongside fellow Sky Blues team mate, Declan Drysdale.

“Josh started off really well at Gillingham then he had some family stuff that he had to take care of and then he was back involved but he’s been sort of in and out.

“We will look at that moving forward and see how may games he’s played then we will address that in January, likewise with Declan.

“The good thing about that is that they’re both in and around the squad and they’re both trying to force their way into the team down there and its obviously a difficult environment.

“They’ll be training on a daily basis with men and it’ll be tough and different, and it’ll stand them in good stead.

“I have high hopes for the pair of them, they’re good lads and there’s still a lot of improvement in them and they still need to improve but they’re good lads ultimately.

“I know that Declan has had more game time recently and Josh has been around it and again just being in that environment and having to fight will help them come back better people; stronger mentally and physically better and closer to our group.”

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