It’s fair to say that Coventry City fans’ favourite Jodi Jones has endured a testing few years in his young career.
To suffer an ACL injury is a major blow for any player but to be sidelined with a second as he attempted to make his come-back was truly heart-breaking for the lad.
Back in 2017/18 the then teenager was ripping it up for the Sky Blues in League Two where opposition managers were waxing lyrical about his talent and doubling up defenders on him in a bid to stop his threat.
Scouts flocked to check him out and Leeds United emerged as the leading candidates to make a move for the skilful winger as the January transfer window loomed.
His world, however, came crashing down barely four months into the campaign when injury struck at Stevenage.
Almost three years on and the now 22-year-old is back on an upward trajectory.
And after scoring sensational goals in back-to-back games at Burton and Peterborough in pre-season, all the signs are that Jones is fit and raring to kick-start his career.
Things have changed in the time he’s been out, not least a move to a different system.
And with competition red hot among the forwards, there has been talk of a possible loan move to get the No.7 back to full tilt.
Asked where he is in the scheme of things, City boss Mark Robins told CoventryLive: “We have got to wait and see.
“The players determine what happens.
“I would like to see Jodi stay with us. I would like to see him progressing but it’s a question of how he progresses.
“But I can’t answer that honestly at this point because there’s so much work to do.
“It’s dictated by the individuals and then if he’s not quite ready or whatever then yes, clearly he’ll need to play games. He’s ready to play games, there’s no doubt about it.
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“It’s just how we get him in and where and how often, and what’s best for everyone.”
Robins clearly believes Jones could be a player who forces his way into the picture in the coming months.
“I think we must keep him around it because he could be somebody who works his way into the team, because he’s an undoubted talent.
“But it’s how we function as a team and how he functions within that unit, so it’s exciting for me.
“It’s great to have him back first and foremost.”
He added: “Lockdown has been a nightmare for him because he’s been out for a while anyway and that’s just lengthened that process, but clearly he’s hungry.
“He’s really hungry. He loves football and I say that every time I speak about him and he’s desperate to play.
“So let’s see where he is and how he progresses over the coming weeks.”