Gervane Kastaneer is back at Coventry City after being unable to secure a move back to Holland.

The 24-year-old returned to his native Netherlands to train with an unnamed club a fortnight ago with a view to impressing and kick-starting his career back home after failing to settle with the Sky Blues.

But he flew back to England at the weekend before undergoing a COVID-19 test and being allowed to be included in Tuesday night’s final pre-season friendly at Solihull Moors.

The game was organised to give returning senior players Michael Rose and Fankaty Dabo valuable match minutes on their return from injury and to build the match fitness levels of new signings Tyler Walker and Ben Sheaf, as well as provide a game for more peripheral members of the squad.

City drew 2-2 with goals coming from youngster Jack Burroughs and an own goal, with Kastaneer given nine minutes at the end when he replaced young forward Will Bapaga.

The Dutch winger has featured in some pre-season games but doesn’t appear to figure in Mark Robins’s plans, the manager revealing last week when asked about his return to Holland that he was going, “with a view to spending the season there.”

That plan has clearly failed to materialise in this instance but the search for an alternative club will continue during the summer transfer window, which runs into next month.





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