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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Provides Injury Update

The manager provides update ahead of Middlesbrough...

29 January 2022

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins provided an overview to City’s injury status among the squad going into this weekend’s fixture at Middlesbrough.

Ahead of Saturday’s 3pm kick-off, Robins started by speaking about Ian Maatsen’s potential return to action.

“He’s fit to train, I think the last game which he played was a substitute appearance he made at Huddersfield, and that was a while ago,” Robins stated.

“He will need to train, but he may need to be fast-tracked as well. That isn’t to say he can play 90 minutes, but maybe 20 minutes or something like that, so I’ll look at him again today and make a decision based on what we have available.

“Liam Kelly is making decent strides with his hamstring; it isn’t as bad as we thought at the start, so hopefully he can start to get back onto the grass imminently. That’s a positive there.

“Matty Godden is obviously still recovering from abdominal surgery, so he’s going to be however long that takes. Fankaty Dabo is still making his way back, but a lot closer than he was.

Robins also praised the efforts of Callum O’Hare to enter the field and contribute to City’s win against Stoke on Tuesday, as well as providing an update on Josh Eccles.

“For him to come on the other day and be involved in the goal was perfect for both him and us.

“He’ll certainly be ready to go, should we choose to go that way.

“[Eccles is] alright, he was in yesterday so like I say we will see and I think a member of staff went down with a positive test today so we will see where we are at and see if that’s had any impact. Other than that, we’re as we were.”

Looking ahead to this weekend’s fixture against Middlesbrough and the rest of the season, Robins proved to be hopeful for the campaign ahead.

“I think that you always get difficult spells during a season, and hopefully we have gone through ours. You always get little bits and pieces go on in games because that’s the nature of it, but hopefully we can get everybody together as soon as possible to play the last twenty games, plus whatever cup games we have left.

“I think that if we can get the players back on the pitch and fighting and fit then we’ve got a decent squad to mount a challenge at this stage.”

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