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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Rotherham United trip and Sky Blues injury latest

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins looks ahead to Saturday's trip to Rotherham United in the Championship...

17 February 2023

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins provided an injury update on his squad as he looked ahead to Saturday afternoon's trip to face Rotherham United in the SkyBet Championship.

City will arrive in South Yorkshire looking to build on their victory last time out against Millwall, a win that means Coventry have picked up four

Viktor Gyokeres was on target in that fixture, scoring a stunning goal from outside the penalty area.

Speaking to the media on Friday morning, Robins emphasised the challenge that will phase his team at the ASSEAL New York Stadium.

On the recent run of Sky Blues results...

They were tough names and tomorrow is another tough game. The two home games have been okay. We conceded one poor goal but scored two good goals.

They were really hard-fought games but you're always expecting that against teams at the top of the division, like Luton and Millwall.

The Championship throws up difficult and different challenges, and Rotherham will be another different proposition tomorrow.

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We are looking forward to it and there should be plenty of confidence flowing through our players.

On Saturday's opponents, Rotherham...

They have had a change of formation recently and their manager has a large pool of players to choose from, so it will be interesting to see where they go.

Recently they have been playing a back-four and, whether they go back to a five or stick to the four, it will be a tough game.

Rotherham United have a way of playing. They are a very strong team, with a great work ethic and quality in their side too.

It will be an interesting and tough game. They are dangerous on their day, with really quick and talented players.

They lost Dan Barlaser during January but they signed Conor Coventry, who at of people wanted me to sign. He is really good on the ball and is a good replacement, I would say.

Oliver Rathbone is also a hard-working player with plenty of quality. Chiedozie Ogbene too, he was linked with plenty of clubs during the window and is a talented, versatile boy.

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Conor Washington will run all day and Tom Eaves is in there too. They have plenty of decent options at their disposal.

I know the Club well, I was there as both a manager and a player, and they have had plenty of success. They're a Club that are always on the front foot, that's for sure.

On Josh Eccles and his return to midfield...

Josh is a really talented player and wherever you put him on a Football pitch he will do what you ask him to do with quality.

Moving him into a different area takes a little bit of time but he is a really good Footballer.

On Matty Godden's fitness...

I think we are still looking at bringing him back in for the Sunderland game (next Saturday) but we will assess that on a daily basis.

The injury is not that bad and we will see who trains today and who makes it through that session.

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We should have had enough recovery time from Millwall to ensure we have enough players for Saturday.

On injuries to Fankaty Dabo, Ben Sheaf and Jonathan Panzo...

They are getting closer all the time. Fankaty Dabo is looking really good, really strong.

Jonathan Panzo has a little bit of pain but he should be okay soon.

The only negative is that Ben Sheaf will be out for a few weeks, however, he is already improving significantly. Hopefully, we can get him back sooner than we initially thought.

We are in a better place now.

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