Coventry City boss Mark Robins has opened up on why the club chose to release Jodi Jones this summer.

The club parted ways with the fan favourite after after six largely injury-plagued years. The 24-year-old’s contract expires in June and will not be extended beyond then.

The winger captured the hearts of Sky Blues fans, first with his eye-catching performances and then with the way he tackled his painful journey back from three cruciate knee ruptures that stopped his hugely promising career in its tracks.

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Jones was given another season get himself going when finally clear of his last knee injury, but only made nine Championship appearances. Niggling injuries and Covid has led Robins to making what he called a “very difficult” decision.

“People who have left the club have needed to leave the club for themselves, for their own careers. Jodi Jones for instance,” Robins told the Official EFL Podcast.

“It was a very difficult one to release Jodi because he’s been through the mill as everybody knows and if they don’t know he’s had three cruciate knee ligament injuries that have been repaired now and he’s ready to go.

“There’s been a bit of cartilage damage which has been tidied up and now he’s starting to move like he did before but he needs to play, he needs to play regularly, he’s missed too much football at 24 years of age.

“He’s missed out on too much and enough football so he needs to go and play, that was a difficult one.

“So you’ve got that side of it. The other side of it is trying to rebuild and add not only quality but robust players who can perform and try and take us to the next level.”

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