23rd Sep, 2018

Players will have to 'step up' says Robins following Jones' scan results

FOOTBALL: COVENTRY City boss Mark Robins revealed his side will have ‘step up’ following yesterday’s news that star winger Jodi Jones is out for the season.

The 20-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during the Sky Blues’ away clash against Stevenage on Tuesday night – ending his 2017/18 season.

News of Jones’ season absence came as a blow to the Sky Blues camp – and it came just two months after forward Tony Andreu was sidelined for the season as well.

Robins will look to reshape his side ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Crawley Town, who sit 17th in the SkyBet League Two table.

“Firstly it is a blow for Jodi because he has been flying,” said Robins.

“He was just getting better and better.

“For me, it is all about him, how he is, and how his recovery goes.

“We will give him the best support he can get.

“It is a straight forward ACL tear – they are happening all the time these days. We just have to give it the time to heal.

“They (the players) have to step up now. There is a chance for somebody and we have to find a way to work.”

Crawley enter tomorrow’s game on the back of a 1-0 win against Morecambe.

And Robins is cautious of the threat Harry Kewell’s men will present.

He said: “Everybody seems to be beating everybody in this division.

“You are never surprised by a result and the league keeps throwing things up.

“I think we are a good side. We have been pretty good this season. We may have been masters of our own downfall at times but we can be masters of our own destiny.”

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