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.
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.
Here’s the latest injury news from the Sky Blues camp:
It was initially feared that Dabo would be out for at least a month, with the manager admitting at the time that he would be missing until “near as damn it the end of the season.”
However, the fans’ favourite is clearly ahead of schedule in his recovery, with Robins revealing after Monday’s 3-1 victory over Bristol City: “Dabo maybe back at the back end of next week.”
That would be a huge boost to City’s survival hopes, with Dabo potentially ready to return against Rotherham at the earliest, or Barnsley a week on Sunday.
The centre-half has been virtually ever present this season but came down with illness over the weekend, forcing him to miss Monday’s match, but should be recovered ahead of Saturday’s difficult trip to Bournemouth.
The right-sided centre-half limped off holding his groin after 66 minutes at Loftus Road on Good Friday, having suffered a nasty gash to a delicate area of his anatomy which required stitches.
Still too sore to feature against Bristol City three days later, Robins admits he’s still not sure of his availability ahead of the weekend.
The popular French striker had an injection in his troubled knee going into the international break, hoping the intervention would help the injury which he has continued to play through for a number of months.
However, it aggravated the issue and a second injection was given, from which Biamou is now recovering.
As with Rose, it’s a ‘wait and see’ situation as the week develops to see if he’s fit to return for the weekend.
The holding midfielder faces time out after suffering a hip injury.
Robins revealed: “He has suffered a tear in his hip flexor and will be out for a period.”
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The fans’ favourite was hoped to have put his injury nightmare behind him when he bagged back to back stunning goals in pre-season ahead of the new Championship campaign.
The 22-year-old was showing all the signs of being back to his best and finally able to realise his huge potential after recovering from two ACL injuries to his left knee – the first happening at Stevenage in November 2017.
Following his recovery from that setback, Jones broke down almost exactly a year later in November 2018 against Peterborough United with a recurring rupture in the same knee.
More than 12 months on again and the lively forward made a tentative return to action against MK Dons in the Football League Trophy before playing a string of Under-23 games to build up his strength and fitness.
COVID-19 then brought a halt to the season, giving the player longer than anticipated to get himself fighting fit ahead of the 2020/21 campaign in the second tier.
But on Friday, September 4, Jones suffered the same injury for a third time, this time to his right knee, which will now see him out of action for at least the next nine months.
He was back on the grass at Ryton last month, however, and Robins revealed he hopes the player could be available before the end of the season.