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INTERVIEW: Sky Blues Latest Fitness Update

Mark Robins provided the latest on his squad...

20 February 2021

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins told how striker Matty Godden is now starting to jog again in his road to recovery.

The striker has struggled with an injury for the majority of the 2020/21 campaign, most recently having to be withdrawn on New Year’s Day against Millwall.

However, after working in the gym in order to get back to fitness, Robins told how City’s top scorer last season, is now starting to jog pain free.

“He's starting to jog so again which is a good sign and every time I see him he's dripping in sweat and you can see that he's grafting and because he's not been able to run, he’s been on the bike and I think he’s killed the peloton record!

“I think there’s real encouraging signs with him because he can now jog on the Alter-G and he’s walking okay without real any real discomfort.

“The description he gave for quite a long time was that it was like a piece of Lego was stuck under his sock, that he was walking on which can't be very comfortable so anybody who's got kids and plays with Lego will sort of testament to.”

There was also an update on full-backs, Fankaty Dabo and new signing from Ross County, Josh Reid.

Dabo has been out of action for a few weeks but is now starting to take part in training again, whilst Reid has suffered an early blow to his progression.

“Fanky is back on the grass and joining in so that makes him nearer by definition.

“I think it was Thursday was the first time he’d been on the grass really, so I’ll have another look at him and have a chat with him and see how he is. 

On Josh: He got injured really early, he tore his hamstring after about two days of training, so he’ll be out for about 6 weeks or so.”

There was encouraging signs against Norwich midweek, as the Sky Blues welcome back the return of both Tyler Walker and Liam Kelly.

Both have been on the sidelines for around seven weeks, so will take time to get back up to speed, but the early signs are positive in their returns.

“Tyler can only benefit from the game because that's basically what he'd be doing playing in an U23’s game but unfortunately, they don't come along often enough to be able to get him ready quickly enough, so we have to do that within the first team environment.

“Regardless of how difficult circumstances are we need to get people up to speed for the remainder of the season.

Kells puts his body through an unbelievable amount, and when he was injured, the thing that stopped him coming back wasn't the groin it was his toe.

“He had a problem with his toe, it was a plate apparently in the second toe but just at the bottom of it, it had split and it was causing him some discomfort and that was the thing that was stopping him from training.”


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