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INTERVIEW: "He’s getting closer all the time”

Mark Robins gave a fitness update ahead of today's clash...

5 March 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins confirmed that Matty Godden is back training with his side, following two-months on the sidelines.

Godden has been out of action since City’s 4-1 win away at Peterborough United, where he found the back of the net on two occasions.

Robins told how it is still too soon for Godden to come into contention for a starting berth, but is happy to have him around again.

“Matty has trained with us this week and he’s getting closer all the time.” Robins said.

“With him, he would need to play a game before he comes back into the fold ideally, but that isn’t always possible.

“He trained with us yesterday and we may have him in the squad today.”

There’s was also another injury boost, with Jodi Jones returning to training after missing the last few first team outings.

“Jodi is back training and he’s around things again.”

“He’s had a bit of a mental breather and his worked to get himself back to be able to train again and it’s good to have him around.”

There was also an update on midfield duo Josh Eccles and Liam Kelly, who have both suffered injuries which ruled them out for an initial eight weeks.

“I watched Kells yesterday and he was working on a machine that they have specifically for the strengthening of hamstring and you can measure that, so it’s a really good tool to have.

“We have an Alter G treadmill that they (Eccles and Kelly) work on as well, so they can work on that and once they’ve been cleared on that they can get back on the grass, but they’re nowhere near that.

“They’re a month into it at the moment, so we’re looking at another few weeks minimum, so it just depends how quickly things heal.”

Robins also spoke of the frustrations around Fankaty Dabo’s suspension, just as the defender was making his way back up to fitness.

“You want everyone fit and available. It’s a situation you could do without and so could he. He’s just getting himself back to fitness and then this happens, which is why he played for the under-23s on Tuesday and he will be training this weekend.

“Clearly he will miss Tuesday’s game against Luton, but then he will come back into contention after that and there’s plenty of work for him to do between then.

“You don’t want to be without him, but he’s had injuries this season and then just as he was getting right, it’s sods law this happens, but we have to cope with it.

“He’s always a miss, he’s a brilliant character to have around and you want him around your squad.”

 

 


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