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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Provides Fitness Update

The manager gave an update on the likes of Godden and Dacosta...

5 December 2020

Heading into today’s fixture against Rotherham United, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins, provided an update on the latest fitness within his squad.

                         

City have been hampered with injuries this season and have several players currently on the sidelines ahead of the clash against the Millers.

One man who has been out since the 4th of November is striker Matty Godden, and Robins revealed he could be without the 29-year-old for a while.

“He came out of his protective boot yesterday and he feels okay to walk without that now, but there’s still some discomfort so he’s still a way away.

“The specialist said it will be months before it has healed properly so it is just down to his tolerance of the pain.

“Anyone whose had that pain at the bottom of your foot or experienced a planta facial tear will know it’s painful, so we just have to see how he tolerates the pain and what his threshold is.”

There was also an update on defender Julien Dacosta, who has endured a torrid time with injuries since arriving this summer.

After initially injuring ligaments back in July, Dacosta finally returned last month, before suffering a further setback.

“Julien DaCosta again will start training again on Monday and hopefully we can get these players fit and ready for the rest of the campaign.

“We knew it would be two-to-three weeks without him and it has been three weeks, so it has gone exactly to plan, there haven’t been any miracles.

“They had to take some screws or studs out of some scaffolding that helped in the rebuilding of his ligaments so that’s basically what sharpened, and it was rubbing and irritating him on the movements.

“There’s a lot of bones in the ankle and they were obviously irritating him, but since he’s come out of that he has felt a lot better.

“Hopefully, he’ll be okay from now on in and we can get him moving better.”

Julien isn’t the only defender who has been in the treatment room this season, as Michael Rose has been in and out during this campaign.

“It’s sort of stop start with Rosey.” Robin said.

“He trained on Thursday and he had a really good session but he’s still in some discomfort but again it’s about his pain tolerance and threshold.

“He was scanned a fortnight ago and nothing showed up on the scan, it’s one of those things where something could be left over from something else or whatever but we have to just try and get him through and we need them all firing properly.”

Over the last few weeks, the goalkeeping department has seen a lot of change, with Ben Wilson taking over the number one jersey following an injury to Marko Marosi.

With numbers short, Lee Camp was drafted in on a short-term deal and Robins told how the experienced shot-stopper has helped already since his arrival.

“He has done exactly as I expected him to do. His personality is big, he has a big voice and he’s come in and working towards his peak fitness.

“He is really good to have around both in and out of the dressing room, and he has been really good around the place and you knew that was going to happen.

“He is at that age where he’ll be looking towards the future and coaching and he has been learning and listening which is great.”


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