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.
“It’s just a case of when the pain can be tolerated,” said the City boss, who remains hopeful Godden will return and play through the pain barrier as soon as possible.
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?
Asked about his options should the injury drag on up to and beyond January, he said: “We can think about things but we’ve had no supporters and no income so we can’t do anything.
“There’s very limited chances of that happening while, in an ideal world, you’d do something to cover that.
“You have to think about the league we’re in and the cost, which is unbelievable.
“I have said it before, the main thing is you don’t put the club at risk. We have a set of circumstances we’re working in and we have to do it sensibly and as well as we possibly can do.”
As it stands City have three senior strikers fit – Tyler Walker, Max Biamou and Amadou Bakayoko.
Walker has found the net twice in his last four games while Biamou scored his first Championship goal at the weekend when he popped up with a last minute equaliser at Norwich.