Mark Robins has revealed that Coventry City striker Matty Godden continues to have an on-going issue with his foot injury.
But the Sky Blues star is using every means at his disposal, including a hot water bottle preparation routine, admitting he’s become an obsessive “Dr Google” in his bid to get to the bottom of the problem.
“Matty still has an on-going issue with his foot but he is managing that a little bit better,” said Robins, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s clash with bottom of the table Wycombe Wanderers.
“I still think there is a concern with him, from him, although he was moving well, so we still have to manage that for and with him, and hopefully he gives us the right information for us to make those calls with him to make sure he doesn’t have a setback.”
Godden took his first tentative steps back to action at Luton in the week when he went on as a second half substitute and admits he’s expecting to continue to play a bit-part for another couple of weeks.
“I’m two weeks back into training and it’s about building myself up, and it’s kind of like a mini pre-season,” said the 29-year-old goal scorer.
“I have had so long out and if you take out the ten days to two weeks I had at Christmas time when, if I am being honest, I came back too soon; taking that out then November is the last time I was properly fit. But at the moment things are going well.
“Any minutes on the pitch are going to help. The only way I am going to build my fitness up is doing extra after training and then trying to help the boys on a Saturday and Tuesday by getting 15 or 20 minutes here and there until I feel I have longer in me.”
He added: “It’s such a hard one because I have had two completely different injuries.
“One was a plantar fascia tear and this latest one is called a fibroma, which is basically like having a bit of Lego sticking out of my foot, and it’s just the pressure on that.
“I managed to somehow tear straight through that lump, and that’s the problem I have got.
“But I know that the plantar fascia, which is the main structure under my foot, is all fine so it’s just trying to deal with the pain and get through these last ten games.
“I just want to help the boys. I don’t really want to be coming on for ten to 15 minutes, that’s not my game. I want to be playing 90 minutes every game, but I have got to understand that’s not going to happen for a couple of weeks so I have to work my way up to that.”
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Sitting on today’s pre-match press conference Zoom call, Godden placed a hot water bottle under his foot, explaining: “That’s just what I do before training and that’s to loosen up that area under my foot before I go out.
“It’s what I have to do and what I have to manage between now and the end of the season.
“I have to admit I have been a Dr Google guy, having a look to see if there’s anything else I can do because I have done everything. “There’s literally nothing else I can do for it, so I just have to let it settle down and one morning I could wake up and the thing could be completely gone. And that morning can’t come quickly enough.”