Coventry City boss Mark Robins has revealed hugely encouraging news as he prepares his side for the last seven make or break games of the Championship season.
Star Sky Blues wing-back Fankaty Dabo limped off against Wycombe Wanderers just before the international break to add to a season of horrendous injuries for the club desperately trying to stay in the second tier.
The 25-year-old pulled up with a hamstring strain just before the break to compound a stop-start season for the marauding wide man who is one of City’s best attacking outlets down the right.
And despite initial fears that he’d be out for the remainder of the season, it has emerged that the fans’ favourite is making good progress and is ahead of schedule with his recovery which could see him back in training next week.
Elsewhere, defender Michael Rose limped off with a nasty gash to his groin area at QPR on Good Friday while fellow centre-half Dom Hyam was conspicuous by his absence against Bristol City on Easter Monday.
Leo’s big Sky Blues bugbear
Leo Ostigard expressed his relief at finally getting on the scoresheet for Coventry City on Easter Monday but admitted his frustration at not having got more over the course of the campaign.
The Norwegian international’s aerial dominance means he’s been part of a set-piece routine for most of the season for the Sky Blues and he firmly believes he should be the highest scoring defender in the Championship.
“It was nice to score and feels like the whole season I have had many chances and I have been very angry not scoring more goals,” said the centre-back, who is on a season-long loan from Premier League Brighton and Hove Albion.
“I think I could be the defender with the most goals in the league if I hit the target more times. It has made me a little bit stressed because I always want to score, and I have been a little bit down.”
Coventry City transfer embargo explained
Coventry City have confirmed that the club has been placed under a transfer embargo by the EFL.
Sky Blues chief executive Dave Boddy has hit out at the League over the decision, branding it “disappointing” and “ridiculous”.
It has been reported that 10 Championship clubs, including Coventry, were all put under a transfer embargo at the same time.
Explaining the reason for their transfer embargo, the Sky Blues said in a statement: “The Government, due to the Coronavirus crisis, allowed companies to extend the deadline to file company accounts by three months and Coventry City chose to take up this option.
What rival relegation bosses said
Coventry City managed to give themselves a much-needed Easter Monday pick-me-up to restore a bit of distance between their relegation rivals.
The pressure is certainly beginning to tell for some of the clubs scrapping it out for Championship survival, with fluctuating form and shock results from a Bank Holiday programme of twists and turns.
The Sky Blues ’ Good Friday defeat at QPR was long forgotten after Mark Robins ’s men took the full three points at home to Bristol City, while bottom two clubs Wycombe Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday put the cat among the pigeons with thumping wins themselves.
The Chairboys stunned third from bottom Rotherham United with a 3-0 win at the New York Stadium to back up their 1-0 home win over Blackburn on Friday, while the Owls dusted themselves down after their 1-0 defeat at Watford to stick a whopping five past Cardiff City at Hillsborough.
Meanwhile, just when Derby were feeling good about their 2-0 Pride Park win over Luton Town going into the Easter weekend, they dropped back into the mix with a 3-1 defeat at Reading.
The big Sky Blues talking points after Bristol win
Coventry City bounced back from their long Good Friday trip to QPR with a desperately needed Easter Monday win over Bristol City.
Sky Blues boss Mark Robins made six changes to his side, two of which were forced due to injury and illness to defenders Michael Rose and Dom Hyam.
And the biggest surprise on the teamsheet was young Josh Eccles being deployed at right wing-back on a day when the manager opted to go with two strikers up top.
An early goal from Leo Ostigard put City in control and they doubled their lead through a Matty Godden penalty just after the hour, before Viktor Gyokeres wrapped things up late on after Nahki Wells had reduced the deficit ten minutes from time.
Every word from Mark Robins’s post-match presser
Mark Robins said he was delighted for Coventry City’s fans after Easter Monday’s confidence boosting victory over Bristol City.
The Sky Blues took a thoroughly deserved full three points that eased relegation concerns as they put a seven point gap between themselves and third from bottom Rotherham United who slipped up with a crushing 3-0 home defeat to Wycombe Wanderers.
Leo Ostigard gave City a ninth minute lead before Matty Godden doubled the advantage from the penalty spot following a foul on Tyler Walker in the box just after the hour.
And although the Robins pulled one back ten minutes from time to make for a nervous end to the game, Callum O’Hare set up Viktor Gyokeres on the counter attack to secure the win three minutes from time.