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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Rangers Clash

City return to action this weekend...

25 July 2020

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking forward to finally seeing his side get back to action this weekend against Rangers.

City haven’t graced a fixture since March when the Sky Blues came away from Portman Road with a 1-0 win against Ipswich Town.

Robins’ side will take on Rangers in their first pre-season fixture ahead of the Sky Bet 2020/21 Championship campaign.

In contrast, this will be the Gers fifth fixture, with their Scottish Premiership season set to get underway next weekend.

“We’ve been training for about ten days now,” said Robins, speaking on Friday lunchtime.

“The game itself probably comes too soon for us, but when you get the chance to play at Ibrox, it’s too good an opportunity to turn down.

“Everyone is looking forward to it. It’s not often you get the chance to do it and obviously up in Scotland you don’t see that much of the teams but you know the history and it lets us see where we’re at, at this stage.

“They’re a week away from their season starting so they’re going to be a lot further on than us, so we will be playing two teams in the game.”

City travelled to Scotland on Thursday morning and trained in the evening, before getting back to it again of Friday.

The Sky Blues will be without some players however for the game against Rangers, with Robins giving an update on the fitness on individuals.

“During lockdown, Michael Rose and Fankaty Dabo complained about some pain they were in and we were able to get them assessed and we then had to wait for things to be freed up to get them booked in for a scan.

“Once we were able to, they went for scans and it became clear that they both needed operations on their hips.

“They are both now recovering really well and they’re with us here in Scotland continuing their rehab and we’re looking at having them back involved by the end of September hopefully.

“Elsewhere, Fadz (Kyle McFadzean) sustained a concussion so he won’t be involved against Rangers and neither will Jamie Allen, Julien Dacosta or Zain Westbrooke.

“Jamie went over on his ankle and will be out for around two to three weeks and Zain should be back training next week.”

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