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2 Coventry City team dilemmas facing Mark Robins ahead of Birmingham City clash



Coventry City will be looking to get back to winning ways on Friday night, when they face Birmingham at St Andrews’.

Mark Robins’ side have won just two of their 11 league games so far this season, and currently sit perilously close to the relegation zone going into this one.

As a result, Robins may have to weigh up whether or not this is an appropriate game to take some risks with his squad in, as he looks to pick an important three points.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at two team dilemmas facing the Coventry boss ahead of that clash with Birmingham, right here.

Does he risk Matt Godden

Just as he did last season, Matt Godden has yet again shown his importance upfront for Coventry at the start of this campaign, topping the club’s scoring charts once more.

But after missing out against Watford last time out, Robins says he is now giving the striker as much time as possible to prove he is fit for this one, although he does not seem optimistic.

Eventually, Robins is going to have to make a call on the 29-year-old, and you wonder if he will chose to play him in the hope he can help them to three points, even if it might make his injury, or leave him out again to ensure he is fully fit further down the line, but make his side’s task harder on the night.

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Can he bring back Fankakty Dabo?

Another key player that Robins finds himself facing something of a headache over, is full-back Fankaty Dabo.

The former Chelsea youngster is a key player for Robins side at the minute, but has been in and out of action this season with a combination of a back and hamstring issue, and missed the club’s last two games.

Robins has described Dabo’s potential return against Birmingham as a “possibility”, but again, you wonder whether the Coventry manager will want to protect him for longer, but play a weaker side on Friday, or use him against Birmingham, and risk him ending up back on the sidelines for another spell off the pitch, to potentially give his side a more immediate boost.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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