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Coventry City injury news & return dates ahead of Southampton

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Three senior Coventry City players are injured at this time; one will be out for the entire season, and the other two are painfully near to returning but not quite.

Following Matty Godden’s injury setback over Easter, the Sky Blues have been playing without any senior striking cover. Jamie Allen has also not yet returned from his cheekbone fracture due to a knock-on muscle issue after returning to full training during the international break.

The form of other players in their positions would prevent either from starting right now, but manager Mark Robins wants as fit a squad as possible to get through a demanding schedule of games, with Tuesday’s trip to Southampton coming just a few days after Saturday’s exhausting victory over Leeds United.

After the thrilling 2-1 victory on Saturday, when asked whether there were any new injury concerns, Robins responded, “I will speak to the physio after everyone settles down but touch wood they’ll be OK.” Here, we examine Coventry’s list of casualties, taking note of their remarks and anticipated return dates.

Godden, Matty

How has he behaved?

The forward hasn’t been able to play in the two games since, against Cardiff and Leeds, due to a calf injury that he sustained when he came on as a second-half replacement against Huddersfield Town on Good Friday.

What has been expressed?

“He has a minor calf issue, but it has been more than a week, so he should be ready anytime this week, but he won’t be available for Tuesday,” Mark Robins stated.

Anticipated return date: Taking into account the trip to Birmingham City on Saturday, April 13.

How has he behaved?

Following a challenge by Sheffield Wednesday defender Di’Shon Bernard in the FA Cup fourth round replay at the CBS Arena, which the Sky Blues won 4-1, the midfield player sustained a fractured cheekbone. A few days later, he underwent “horrific” surgery to have titanium plates placed in his cheekbone. Despite being back to training almost exactly on time, he still hasn’t recovered enough to rejoin a matchday squad after straining his calf in his first week back on the field with his colleagues.

What has been expressed?

Robins stated, “He’s got a distinct setback.” Right now, he’s got a calf ailment. All of a sudden, after all of this time, it’s tight. Whenever you try to intensify things, it only spreads. Therefore, it will take a little bit longer to recover because of the slight tightness in his calf.”

His anticipated return date is currently unknown, but he won’t be in Southampton.

Sakamoto Tatsuhiro

How has he behaved?

The winger went up for a header but landed heavily, seriously injuring his back in Preston North End’s 3-0 victory.

What has been expressed?

Robins declared, “He will miss the remainder of the season.” “I won’t go into great detail now since it is a private subject. After I have spoken with Tatsu, I will chat with you later. Ultimately though, he needs to heal from a serious back ailment.

He received scans and is already home after leaving the hospital. After another scan, his condition is not good. He will heal, but it will require some time. Unfortunately, he’s in a lot of pain, so perhaps it will pass soon.

Coventry City's Tatsuhiro Sakamoto
Tatsuhiro Sakamoto of Coventry City is in agony on the ground as teammate Milan van Ewijk makes a medical assistance call.

“There is no doubt that he needs a break, even though he has been excellent, as English football players aren’t accustomed to playing every five minutes. one added to the fact that he was wailing for a break and I was unable to provide one. The weariness was present and impairs your judgment if you are not thinking clearly. I feel so bad for both of us and for him.

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