Mark Robins has a selection headache of the more welcome variety when Coventry City take on Cardiff this weekend.

With goalkeeper Ben Wilson available after isolating for ten days due to testing positive for Covid-19, the Sky Blues boss has to decide whether to reinstate the player who filled in so well for Marko Marosi during his absence with a fractured cheek bone and eye socket which he suffered, coincidentally, in the 1-0 St Andrew’s win over the Bluebirds back in November.

City’s first choice stopper sat out 14 games in total, including two on the bench on his return to fitness while understudy Wilson kept the shirt.

And it was only a positive coronavirus test that saw him lose his place, opening the door for Marosi to play the last two games against Nottingham Forest and Watford when rookie third choice Tom Billson provided back-up from the bench.

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But with both senior keepers fighting fit to face the Bluebirds, Robins has a tough decision on his hands, whether to stick with his No.1 or restore Wilson.

“That’s a good thing isn’t it,” said the manager.

“The fact that we’ve got a goalkeeper who was probably seen as a No.2 by most people has come in and demonstrated that he’s very, very capable, so that’s a good thing.

“And hopefully that will push them to push each other individually as well, so I can only see that as a positive.”

It has certainly been good for Wilson’s career to get an opportunity to get a run in the team at Championship level to prove his credentials, having been unable to get a look in during his first season at the club when Marosi played every single league game.

“Ben is a top lad and everyone is delighted for him,” said Robins, “although the circumstances in which he got the chance in the first place was lamentable.

“Marko had really bravely dealt with a situation against Cardiff and managed to get a really bad injury but he’s come back and not shown any signs of flinching and dealt with things pretty well.

“And Ben obviously getting the virus has meant he has come out of the team which isn’t the way he’d have wanted to lose his shirt, so he will be disappointed and he will be determined to change that.

“And the pair of them fighting it out is a good thing.

“Ultimately it’s great to have two goalkeepers who have played at the level and done well at the level. And Ben’s record stands up as well as Marko’s.”

Coventry City goalkeeper Ben Wilson

Asked if the fact that he has two good goalkeepers make recruitment a little easier this summer, he said, breaking into a chuckle: “I wouldn’t like to say.

“I think they both need to keep improving. People sitting on their laurels is no good for me or the football club so everyone has to keep fighting to become better.”





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