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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Provides Injury Update

The manager discusses Godden, Dacosta and Dabo...

20 November 2020

Ahead of tonight’s clash with Birmingham City at St Andrew’s, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins provided an injury update on his squad.

Last time out, the Sky Blues were without top goalscorer, Matty Godden, after the striker suffered an injury midway through the second half against Nottingham Forest.

When asked about the chances of Matty being available tonight, Robins played down the chances of the striker being fit, but refused to rule out the slim possibility.

“Matty’s injury is a problematic one because there’s not a massive blood supply to the area that he’s injured.

"So we just have to wait and see with him. And how quickly he comes back depends on him being able to tolerate the pain.

 “I don’t think he will make it (tonight against Birmingham City), so I think he’ll be ruled out of this one."

"But I am absolutely open to giving everyone as long as possible to make the squad."

One man who made his return in the game against Forest in which Matty suffered his injury was Julien Dacosta, who finally got some minutes under his belt.

However, the defender has suffered a setback in his return to fitness and is now expected to spend more time on the side-lines.

“Julien has undergone surgery again.

"It’s horrendous. He was in pain during training so we sent him to see a specialist and they saw a problem and they have tried to correct it, so hopefully that will be it.

“He’s going to be two or three weeks, probably three, hopefully two.

"But that’s the issue we have got. We have never been able to get everyone in and fit together, so we just have to wait.”

One man the Sky Blues have been without in recent outings is last season’s Player of the Season, Fankaty Dabo.

The defender has been struggling with a niggling injury throughout the 2020/21 season and hasn’t been able to get going as of yet.

On his chances of being fit tonight against Birmingham, Robins suggested there may be a slight chance.

“It’s a possibility. We have a couple of days to see where he’s at.

"This break we wanted to work on some things, and we still have time to do that over the next couple of days.

“Clearly we have had some problems with injuries and just trying to get those right for the coming games, which will be coming thicker and faster than before."

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