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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Provides Injury Latest

Update on Godden, Walker and Kelly...

21 August 2021

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins provided an update on the latest fitness of his side ahead of today’s match with Reading.

City take on Veljko Paunović’s side, with kick-off scheduled for 3:00pm, at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Robins spoke first on Matty Godden, who has spent pre-season recovering from a foot injury, with the striker making the bench on Tuesday night as he nears full fitness.

“Matty is getting closer, he did some work yesterday and then some individual stuff just to try and get him closer to it.

“He’s going to play in the u23s game next week and probably the week afterwards. We’ve always had him penciled for the QPR game so fingers crossed and touch wood, everything goes to plan, and he will be around it from now on hopefully.

“I think its been really frustrating for Matty as well, he’s a consummate professional, he wants to do things right and does things right, he looks after himself really well and worked his socks off to get to the stage he is at as you would expect from players coming back from injuries”.

“You can see him chopping at the bit and he’s ready to make a contribute this year which is brilliant for us and for him.”

Fellow forward Tyler Walker picked up a shoulder injury in the match at Barnsley last Saturday, but Robins said his recovery has been quicker than first thought.

“He did his shoulder last week at Barnsley and even 48 hours afterwards he was feeling a lot better than he was initially.

“We are hopeful he can join in training in the next few days depending on his pain and how the strapping is but I think he’ll be able to train sooner than we probably anticipated at the start of it but we’ll be governed by how sore he is and how freely he can move.

There was also a positive update on skipper Liam Kelly, who is closing in on full fitness after picking up a serious knee injury against Stoke City at the back end of last season.

“Liam has not been with us but he has been out on the grass this week, and has been for just over a week.

“He’s another one that’s not too far away because everyone knows Kels works incredibly hard on his fitness levels and once he’s back with us in the training group he won’t be too far away.”

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