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INTERVIEW: Robins Talks Christmas and Hamer

City take on Stoke City on Boxing Day...

24 December 2020

The festive period gets set to begin this weekend, as the Sky Blues face the first of three games in the space of six days.

City host Stoke City on Boxing day, before travelling to Preston North End a few days later, followed by a trip to Millwall at the turn of the year.

Mark Robins has told how the Sky Blues will train heading into the Boxing Day clash, with the City boss allowing his side to have Christmas Day off.

“Well, they were in yesterday and they’re today.

“They’ll take Christmas Day off then play on Boxing Day, so we need to get the preparation right between now and tomorrow and then give them some time.

“It’s so difficult at this stage. In the past we’ve been in on Christmas Day and it’s only really the last few years that I’ve given the lads Christmas Day off, so I’m just being true to what we’ve done in the past.

“They’re professional enough not to overeat and professional enough to know that they’ll have to do something after they’ve eaten whatever eat.

“It gives them a time to see family and there’s some players that haven’t seen family for a while because, you're not supposed to travel so that comes into it.

“You've got all sorts of different connotations to that so we’ve just got to make sure that everything's as close to normal as you can possibly get in an abnormal situation so it's tough it's really difficult to get the balance right but we're trying to do that.”

Positives for the Sky Blues heading into the game will see City welcome back the return of Gustavo Hamer from suspension.

Gus missed the game at Sheffield Wednesday after picking up five yellow cards during the course of the season.

“It’s a huge boost, he’s a really good player who's contributed greatly so far and he's again finding his way.

“It's difficult for foreign players, in fact any players to integrate into a new environment and a new country they don't know, and it’s been difficult because we've not been able to do anything.

“They've not really been able to socialise, so he's done fantastically well and it’s brilliant to have him back.”

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