Coventry City have had their fair share of injuries over the last few months.

Key defenders Michael Rose and Fankaty Dabo both required surgery once the League One season was curtailed, ensuring they will miss the start of the exciting new Championship campaign.

The Sky Blues faced a further blow when new signings Julien Dacosta and Marcel Hilssner suffered set-backs within weeks of joining the club, with the French full-back damaging ankle ligaments in training, that required surgery, and the German winger struggling with asthma.

Here manager Mark Robins gives an update from the treatment room as to when fans can expect to see the club’s casualties back.

Julien Dacosta:

Asked when the 24-year-old is likely to be back and available, Robins revealed: “He’ll be November.

“What we have to wait for with him is for the surgery to settle down.

“He did his ankle ligaments. I watched the game, part of a practice game.

“He moves really quickly across the ground and he went in for a tackle and obviously came out worse and had to have the ligaments surgically repaired.

“He was in a plaster at first following surgery and they took him out of that and he’s now in a boot.”



Julien Dacosta in training.
Julien Dacosta is hoped to be back from injury in November

He added: “We have had some new physiotherapy rehabilitation equipment which we have got in to work with him. We have an AlterG anti gravity treadmill. It means you can alter gravity and he can run without the addition of gravity, so that will help.

“It will help with our injured players, helping them to get back quickly and ensure they maintain their cardiovascular ability.”

Marcel Hilssner:

The 25-year-old summer signing got 60 minutes in Tuesday’s 3-1 pre-season friendly victory over Southampton U-23s to back up the 10 minutes he played against Peterborough United at the weekend.

“He’s started on a course of treatment to try to alleviate the problem,” Robins told CoventryLive.

“It won’t stop it but it will certainly be able to improve his function and I’m hoping it will improve sufficiently to enable him to do the work that he’s going to need to get to the level. So I am hopeful on that.



New Sky Blues singing Marcel Hilssner.
New Sky Blues singing Marcel Hilssner has been suffering with an asthma problem.

“But it’s been a really tough time for him, moving to a new country and new everything really.

“And this on top, meaning he couldn’t hit the ground running like he’d wanted to has been tough for him but hopefully he can now look forward to functioning properly.”

Michael Rose:

The central defender is recovering from a surgical procedure to cure a hip injury.

Asked when he’s likely to be back and available for action, Robins admitted: “We just don’t know yet.

“He’ll be ready when he’s ready and it’s the same with everyone who is injured. You can only go so far and as fast as your body will let you.

“What we do is great but their bodies will dictate when they’ll be ready and I don’t really want to put them under too much time pressure.

“We want them back as quickly as possible and as safely as possible and as robustly as possible.”

He added: “He’s on the grass and done really well. We just have to wait and see.”

Fankaty Dabo:

Fan favourite Dabo is clearly at the same stage, with the manager adding: “Both Michael and Fanky have worked their socks off during lockdown, post-operation.



Fankaty Dabo training alone at Sky Blues Lodge as he looks to return from injury.
Fankaty Dabo training alone at Sky Blues Lodge as he looks to return from injury.

“We knew they were going to need surgical intervention at the end of the season and we had to wait for elective surgery to become available again, so it has been really stressful during lockdown because there were some things we just couldn’t do.

“But the initial date (for both) was the end of this month, but let’s see.”

Wes Jobello:

The French winger is currently recovering from a torn ACL, suffered last October.

“His story is a different one because he had his surgery a long time ago and his knee obviously needed to recover,” said Robins.

“So lockdown was probably a good thing for him because it meant his surgery could do its work and settle down like we wanted it to.



Wes Jobello in action before suffering a season ending ACL rupture last October.

“While you’re playing you’re always wanting to get back in and Wes is now at the point where he’s going to have to work harder in the gym and on the pitch than he’s ever worked to make sure that he gets back to the level that means both legs are the same in terms of strength and power.

“He’s still got a bit to go but he’s running on the grass, so let’s see.

“At the end of the day we’re talking about the end of September as the due date for him being back in training but we just have to wait and see.”





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