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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Luton Town clash and provides injury update

The Sky Blues will take on Luton Town on Saturday afternoon (3pm)...

10 February 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Luton Town clash and provides injury update

The Sky Blues will take on Luton Town on Saturday afternoon (3pm)...

10 February 2023

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins has provided an update on his squad ahead of Saturday's meeting with Luton Town in the SkyBet Championship.

The Sky Blues will lock horns with the Hatters at the Coventry Building Society Arena with City looking to make it back-to-back home wins.

Looking ahead to the fixture, Robins reflected on last weekend's defeat against West Bromwich Albion and shared the latest news on Kyle McFadzean, Matty Godden, Fankaty Dabo and Michael Rose.

Reflecting on West Brom and turning his attention to Luton...

"We spoke about West Brom after the game and I still have no complaints about the result because we did not start well enough.

"We were playing against a top team, and we will tomorrow too against a side that have some really good players and they know what they're doing."

"These teams are well coached and they put you under pressure. Luton have had some really good success in the time that I have been at this Football Club. 

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"They have come on a journey that is similar to ours and they have had some decent sales, that have allowed them to invest well. They've done a really good job and Luton deserve the success they're having."

On Luton Town and their threats...

"It's always a tough game against Luton and we have an idea about how we want to perform, and they will too.

"Nathan [Jones] has left and Rob [Edwards] has come in but there are constants there like Mick Harford and Paul Hart. They've been instrumental in their rise and they're brilliant people.

"Luton have done it in a way that is right for them. We have done a similar thing, in terms of selling players to reinvest in others that can take us to the next level. 

"We have to get to a stage where we can get a little bit of consistency. It's another game we can look forward to, one of two home games in a row."

On the squad and their current injuries...

"I think Matty Godden will have benefitted from these last few matches and also from the training sessions, just like all the other players who have been out for periods of time. They are getting closer and that can only help us moving forwards.

"There are also players who have stood in for our injured players and they have performed to a really high standard. It could have been different against West Brom and that is a testament to those players who stepped in.

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"We need to look at which players need a breather and who can benefit from that. We'll look at it all.

"Kyle McFadzean was not ready to play against West Brom but he will be a little bit closer now, but it is difficult to say [whether or not he will be ready yet].

"It's difficult because you want these players to play some games before they are needed to perform. We've had to play these players in the game with the first team. 

"Michael Rose is now training and he has been for a couple of days now, so he is in a better position.

"Fankaty Dabo should be back on the grass tomorrow and the next step for him after that will be to join in training, which will hopefully be next week.

"We're looking forward to a really good game tomorrow against a side who are challenging and we want to be that team that ends up being in a position to get into the top six as we aspire to be in the Premier League."


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