Just In: Mark Robins has confirmed another star ruled out with injury for six weeks

Coventry City manager Mark Robins has confirmed midfielder Ben Sheaf has been ruled out for a minimum of six weeks, providing a further blow to the Sky Blues as confirmed in his post-match interview with BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

The 25-year-old has played a crucial role with the Championship side so far this season but will now miss several matches including clashes against Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City.

 

Coventry City boss provides injury update on Ben Sheaf after Hull stalemate  - CoventryLive

What is the injury?

Ben Sheaf was an unexpected absentee from Friday’s 1-1 draw against Hull City with Robins revealing that Sheaf had sustained an injury, although no time-length was disclosed at the time. However, the Sky Blues boss has since confirmed that the midfielder has been sidelined by a groin injury.

As a result, the defensive midfielder will miss the next six weeks (minimum) and his absence has already been noted with the Sky Blues losing 3-2 in a disappointing performance against Cardiff City in mid-week.

Do the Sky Blues have a replacement?

Against Hull and Cardiff, captain Liam Kelly partnered Josh Eccles in midfield to replace Sheaf but Coventry are still without a win since the second match of the season. Similarly, Coventry also sold midfielder Gustavo Hamer to Sheffield United, replacing him with Yasin Ayari from Brighton Hove Albion.

However, unlike Hamer, Ayari is traditionally a more attacking midfielder compared to Hamer, which has left a gap in the club’s existing midfield options.

What’s been said?

Speaking after Tuesday’s defeat to Cardiff City, Mark Robins stated…

“You’re looking at minimum six weeks. 

“So, he’s a big, big blow. That’s the one position that we didn’t add to but it’s one of those things we’ve just got to be able to cope with.

“The players that we’ve got are capable there’s no doubt that they’re capable of dealing with that.”

Writer’s View

As a Sky Blues fan, the loss of Ben Sheaf is a major blow for the football club, given he was arguably the backbone of the football club. Without him, there is a noticeable difference and that will be something that Mark Robins and his staff will need to address.

Coventry City host Huddersfield Town on Monday evening and are without a win in their last five league games, placing more pressure on the need to win the match.

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