Just when Mark Robins has finally managed to utter the words “in a good place” as far as his Coventry City injury news is concerned, another niggly issue reared its head.
The Sky Blues have suffered horrendous injuries in their first season back in the Championship, not least having star striker Matty Godden and key defender Michael Rose missing for the majority of the campaign.
And while the 29-year-old took his first steps back towards regaining full fitness with 20 minutes against Luton on Tuesday night – his first competitive action since January 2 – Rose was conspicuous by his absence at Kenilworth Road where City went down 2-0 to the Hatters.
Here’s the latest injury news from the Sky Blues camp:
Rose was on the bench against Derby ten days ago but missing from the matchday squad at Luton where Josh Pask was the only available central defensive back-up from the bench.
Asked about the Scot after the game, Robins revealed: “ Michael Rose has been injured.
“He’s had a groin problem and although he has trained, it’s only been for one day.”
Unless City get Kyle McFadzean’s red card overturned, Robins will be hoping Rose recovers sufficiently for Saturday’s visit of bottom of the league Wycombe Wanderers.
McFadzean is expected to be suspended for two games, one for the straight red on Tuesday night for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity with a perceived handball, and a second due to the fact that it’s his second sending off of the season, having been dismissed at Reading in January.
The Sky Blues talisman finally got back on the pitch for the first time since Millwall away in early January when he was sent on as a second half substitute against Luton Town on Tuesday night.
Going on at the 72 minute mark, the striker showed good movement and worked hard on his return.
“He needs to get back playing and as I said before, it’s very difficult because you have only got he games to get people fit,” said Robins, “so it was important to get him that game time and you could see he was in need of that.”
Although not necessarily ready to start a game, Godden is expected to be handed more game time against the Chairboys at the weekend.
The Frenchman was back on the bench against Luton Town for the first time after going off at half-time at Swansea with a suspected torn stomach muscle.
Dacosta went on just after the hour to replace Fankaty Dabo at right wing-back in a bid to spark a fight-back with City trailing 2-0 at the break.
That didn’t happen against a confident opposition who continued to push for more goals, but his presence served a purpose in getting 30-odd minutes in his tank ahead of the final run-in when it will be hoped he can make a contribution as an impact player from the bench.
The young centre-half suffered a freak injury in the shower when he slipped in his flip-flops, resulting in a nasty cut to a toe that threatened to end his season.
However, he made a welcome return to action for the Under-23s on Monday, helping Luke Tisdale’s lads to a 3-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.
The 18-year-old left-back/ left wing-back might have been in line to replace Sam McCallum against Norwich had he been fit.
But unfortunately for the January signing from Ross County he suffered a torn hamstring after just a few days of training.
The teenager, however, made his comeback this week, going on as s substitute for the Under-23s against the Owls.
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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.