Coventry City boss Mark Robins says “no-one is giving me any hope” of an imminent return to fitness for star striker Matty Godden.
The Sky Blues have been without their leading scorer since he limped off against Nottingham Forest the day before Bonfire Night and hasn’t been seen anywhere near the squad since.
The 29-year-old has a plantar fascia injury, the part of the foot that connects the heel bone to your toes, and a lack of blood supply to the area means the healing process can take a while.
In fact Robins has revealed that a specialist treating the striker has said it could take “months” for the injury to recover.
But what about the worst case scenario, if it is months before he’s back?
Will Robins be able to do anything in the January transfer window to draft in striker cover in the form of a new permanent signing or loan deal?
Mixed injury news ahead of Rams trip
Coventry City have mixed injury news ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to bottom of the league Derby County.
The bad news is that Sky Blues star striker Matty Godden is expected to miss the match at Pride Park, taking the number of games he’s been absent to five.
Godden limped off with a foot injury in the 56th minute against Nottingham Forest on November 4 and hasn’t been able to train or play since.
There’s better news, however, at the back where Michael Rose is hoped to be available to face the Rams.
Coventry City head to Derby County looking for their first three points on the road this season.
The Sky Blues travel to Pride Park full of confidence after going three games unbeaten in the Championship, their latest achievement coming from a deserved point at top of the table Norwich City.
But a trip to bottom of the league always poses a completely different challenge, not least because expectations suddenly go through the roof when playing the worst side in the division.
Football is never as clear cut as it looks on paper, of course, and although the Rams stretched their winless run to ten games at home to Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend, there is still plenty of quality in the squad to suggest interim boss Wayne Rooney can turn things round quickly.
Here football writer Steve Nicholson from our sister title DerbyshireLive gives the lowdown on the opposition.
Sweet Caroline returns to Sky Blues post-match play list
When Coventry City secured a magnificent 1-0 victory at Ipswich Town last March it marked a sea change in confidence in the camp.
On went ‘Sweet Caroline’ – Neil Diamond’s anthemic feel-good tune – in the dressing room, prompting manager Mark Robins to capture the scenes on his mobile phone, knowing it was a significant moment in the season.
That was the point the Sky Blues really believed they could win the League One title, albeit just before the country was plunged into a lockdown.
City were unable to play out of the remainder of the campaign, of course, but did go up as deserved champions in the end.
Fast forward several months and it’s been a tough start to life in the Championship, City having played the top seven sides – including the three that were relegated from the Premier League – against a backdrop of a string of key injuries and absences due to suspensions and isolating due to Covid-19.
But Saturday’s result at top of the league Norwich City appears to have seen another significant turning point in for the Sky Blues, whose spirit appears to know no bounds.