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FOOTBALL - Robins not expecting to add to squad before January transfer window deadline

Coventry Editorial 31st Jan, 2024 Updated: 31st Jan, 2024   0

MARK Robins does not expect to add to his squad before the January transfer window deadline following Coventry City’s 2-2 draw with Bristol City.

City rescued a point on 86 minutes when Ellis Simms finished from close range to cancel out Nahki Wells’ goal which put the Robins ahead three minutes earlier.

Sky Blues midfielder Tatsuhiro Sakamoto opened the scoring with a low finish into the bottom left corner on 27 minutes before Rob Dickie equalised for the visitors with a header in first-half injury time.

And despite losing influential midfielder Ben Sheaf to injury in the first half, Robins is unlikely to make any more signings before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm on February 1.

Robins said: “I don’t think so [anything transfer wise], I think there’s at least one out, we’ve got to try and keep everybody together if we can but there will be some movement out.

“The out will be in terms of reducing outgoings and making sure the overheads are manageable, we’ve got to make sure we’re not overspending.

“We’re trying to bring better players in but we’ve got really good players in the building, we’ve upgraded in a number of positions but it’s difficult to do that everywhere.

“We’ve got to work with what we’ve got, we’ve got to try and keep everyone fit because we’re a small group, you get one injury and it has an impact, two injuries and it starts to look like a disaster.”

Sheaf spent a number of weeks on the sidelines earlier in the season with Robins admitting he is unsure as to the extent of the midfielder’s latest injury.

Robins added: “Hamstring, I would imagine he’s got a tear, that put a dampener on things, he felt a pop which suggests that he’s torn it, if it’s a bad one then it could be anything

“We’re going to have to deal with it, it’s Sod’s law, he’s been out before this season, it’s tough because we’ve got something like 11 games in 43 days which is incredible with a small squad.”

The draw with Bristol means the Sky Blues are now unbeaten in the last 10 league matches and remain sixth in the Championship table.

Coventry are next in action away at Norwich City on Saturday, February 3 with kick-off at 3pm at Carrow Road.

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