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INTERVIEW: "We don’t think about it"

Robins discusses injuries, pilot games and St Andrews...

18 September 2020

Mark Robins has confirmed the Sky Blues will be without club captain Liam Kelly for tonight’s clash with Queens Park Rangers.

Kelly came off against Bristol City last weekend after just 25 minutes, with what Robins said after the final whistle, was a suspected hamstring issue, something he confirmed yesterday, along with news about youngster, Will Bapaga.

“He has a small tear in his hamstring, so he’s unavailable for tonight, but he may be available for the next game, who knows.” Robins said on Kelly.

On Bapaga: “His shoulder has popped out and it’s been popped back in again as well.

“He did the other one a while ago, so they scanned both and we’re waiting for some orthopedic opinion as to what the next steps are.”

The duo will both miss tonight’s game with Mark Warburton’s QPR, in what will be City’s first return to St Andrew’s since the beginning of March.

Last time out in Birmingham, the Sky Blues secured a 1-0 win over Sunderland in front of the Sky cameras, who will again be there tonight.

“It’s the same sort of scenario as last year, we don’t think about it, you go to St Andrew’s and play.

“We’ve got a game of football to play and to prepare, what matters is the longer-term objective of being back in Coventry and playing there as soon as we can.”

One thing which will be missing again this weekend is the Sky Blue Army, who are unable to attend fixtures under the current circumstances.

However, there is a step in the right direction on the horizon, with the EFL trialing 1,000 supporters at games, as we look to introduces fans back into grounds.

“I’m sure the pilot games will be a success because there’s big spaces in the stadia especially at Championship level and higher, and in League One stadiums as well, there some good facilities around in all of the divisions.

“But let’s see, I’m sure that they’ll make a success of it and really we could have more people in the stadiums as we move forward and pretty quickly, but we’ve got to be careful in certain areas and I think Birmingham’s one of those.

“Hopefully there is a vaccine on the horizon, and we get back to normal.”


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