Coventry City’ have mixed injury news ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to bottom of the league Derby County.
The bad news is that Sky Blues star striker Matty Godden is expected to miss the match at Pride Park, taking the number of games he’s been absent to five.
Godden limped off with a foot injury in the 56th minute against Nottingham Forest on November 4 and hasn’t been able to train or play since.
There’s better news, however, at the back where Michael Rose is hoped to be available to face the Rams.
Here manager Mark Robins provides an update.
Asked if he’s hopeful the striker will be available for the Derby match, Robins said: “No.”
As for how long he’s likely to be sidelined, he added: “I have no expectation on it because no-one is giving me any hope.
“The specialist has said it’s going to take months, or a long time, for it to recover.
“And it’s just a case of when the pain can be tolerated.”
The centre-half has been out since November 7 with a groin injury, meaning he has missed three games so far.
But the good news is that although he didn’t travel to Norwich at the weekend, he was due to train at Ryton on Saturday with a view to returning to the squad for full training on Monday.
And if Tuesday’s match comes too soon he should be in line for a return against Rotherham at the weekend.
Robins said: “He’ll hopefully be back training with us at the start of the week ahead of the game on Tuesday or Saturday.”
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French wing-back Dacosta suffered a blow just before the international break, having got back to fitness following ankle reconstructive surgery in the summer.
The 24-year-old needed surgical intervention again after experiencing pain during training.
“It’s horrendous,” said Robins.
“He was in pain during training so we sent him to see a specialist and they saw a problem and they have tried to correct it, so hopefully that will be it.
“He’s going to be two or three weeks, probably three, hopefully two.”
The French winger is back.
He made his first senior appearance since rupturing his ACL in October last year when he went on as a late substitute against Norwich City at the weekend, helping the Sky Blues earn a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.
Robins said: “It was good to see Wes get on and getting some game time towards the end.
“His first touch wasn’t great but he’ll remember it! We’ll get more from him, mentally he needs to be sharp and the only way to get that is by playing games and training.
“We were able to get him on because we were behind and he contributed to them making a change, which gave us some space and we ended up getting the goal that we deserved.”
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’s had his operation, which went really well thankfully so he’s on the road to recovery,” said Robins, speaking about the popular player.