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INTERVIEW: Fábio Tavares on his return to action and Oxford United win

The striker made his return after 364 days out...

6 January 2024


INTERVIEW: Fábio Tavares on his return to action and Oxford United win

The striker made his return after 364 days out...

6 January 2024

Fábio Tavares made his return to action, after 364 days out, against Oxford United in City's 6-2 FA Cup Third Round win.

Fábio ruptured his achilles in the FA Cup clash last season against Wrexham and has spent a year on the sidelines recovering from the injury.

Tavares was introduced in the 67th minute against Oxford United, receiving a fantastic reception from the supporters, as he relished his minutes back on the pitch.

On the team’s performance…

“It was a good performance from the team. A lot of good goals, like Kasey Palmer’s goal and it was quite comfortable one to be fair.”

Kasey Palmer’s long-range screamer…

“I was on the sideline stood up and thinking wow! It was a great goal but we know he can do that, do it whenever he wants to, so yes it was a great goal and a great goal to watch too!

“I would not say he does that for fun in training! But he has definitely got that in him, it is not a surprise to anyone. Just seeing it happen on a matchday is a bit different to it in training. It is good to see.”

The first half spell which saw four goals…

“It was quite strange. Obviously, we scored then they scored straight after, and then we got a reply straight away which is a bit strange. It does not really happen like that in a lot of matches.

“We did not let their goal affect us, we got our second and pushed on from there.”

Coventry’s dominance and possession…

“We had a lot of the ball. If anything we probably could have and should have scored a lot more goals. I probably should have got one myself to be fair as soon as I come on.

“It is just good to have a good performance with a lot of goals and a mixture of goal scorers as well.”

His injury this time last year…

“Last year was quite tough. To start the year and straight away get injured, it ruined my year a bit. Whereas this one, to start on a different note.

“It has been a year since I played for the first team, so I am happy to be back, it has been a long time and you could tell I was a bit excited. There was a lot of adrenaline going through me and I was a bit rusty, but the fitness comes with gametime. The more I play, the more the feeling of the game and the crowd helps, it will come back to me.

“I feel good, I do not feel like I have lost any pace, anything like that. It is just like I said, me trying to get back into the swing of things, back into the routine of playing matches and the feeling.”

Getting straight into the action…

“I have come on and straight away I am in on goal, I am thinking ‘Oh my God’. I got too carried away and if that is me normally, I am concentrating on the touch, whether it is a shot or a cross.

“In that moment I was excited and when it went out of play, I just turned around smiling.

“You can tell I was a bit rusty but it will come back, the more games and minutes I play, everything will come back and it will be natural again.”

Spending time in rehab with Callum O’Hare…

“We pretty much spent the whole of our time in the gym together because he got injured at the same time as me. He just said when I came on, ‘Enjoy it man, so good to see you back’ and stuff like that.

“He was trying to get the fans to give me a little applause at the end which I appreciate. The messages from the fans have been really supportive, and Cal has been great with me because he understands what we went through.

“It was good for him to see me coming back, the same way it was good for me seeing him come back. He has come back a bit heavy, I am not naturally a big lad and I did not want to put too much weight on because of the injury I had, it might have affected me a bit more.”

On a potential loan deal this month…

“Potentially yes, this January. Like I said, I missed last year so my priority now is to play as much minutes and games as I can do. I spoke to the gaffer not long ago, he said ‘Lets get to January and address it, see how things are going.

“We will see over the next couple of weeks whether I need to go out or maybe I can stay here, if he feels like he needs me part of the squad and he is going to give me some minutes.

“I am turning 23, I am not really a youngster anymore. I have missed a lot so gametime is my priority. I want to get as many minutes as possible now to the end of the season. Let’s see what happens over the next couple weeks.”

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