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Coventry City injury news from CoventryLive as we look at the latest state of play regarding Mark Robins’ absent players and when they’re likely to return as the Sky Blues prepare for Saturday’s CBS Arena clash with Stoke.

Coventry City’s inury concerns are easing significantly with just three senior players now currently out of first team action, with their returns not too far away.

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins has been boosted by the much anticipated recovery of star midfielder Callum O’Hare in recent weeks, with the 25-year-old coming off the bench with eye-catching cameos against Rotherham, West Brom and Preston North End, amounting to a total of 67 minutes.

That was supplemented by an hour for the Under-21s last week, and another week on the training pitch at Ryton this week should edge him closer to a start as City work towards Saturday’s Coventry Building Society Arena clash with Stoke. Here is a complete injury round-up, including potential return dates.

Kasey Palmer

The playmaker and one of the most creative players in the squad suffered the same adductor tear injury as Ben Sheaf, believed to be in the 3-2 defeat at Cardiff City back in September. Ruled out with an initial prognosis of six-eight weeks, Palmer has been missing for eight long games to date.

That’s set to continue for at least one more game to come, with Robins revealing: “He’ll be back after the international break, and probably training the week into the Millwall game. We’re pleased with that. He’s turned a corner now, thankfully. We can look forward to him progressing now fairly quickly.”

Possible return date: Saturday, November 25 vs Millwall.

Liam Kelly

The holding midfielder limped off midway through the first half against Blackburn, with the initial prognosis a hamstring tear. Although Robins feared the worst, the player insisted it was not that bad and refused a scan which would have confirmed the full extent of the injury. He is back running and Robins revealed after the Preston match: “Kels maybe back in training at the end of the week but it’s a gamble whether we use him (against stoke) or wait until after the international break. But he will be almost there after the break.”

Possible return date: Saturday, November 11 vs Stoke

Fabio Tavares

The young striker ruptured his Achilles tendon in early January in the FA Cup defeat to Wrexham and the projected comeback time was late September/early October. Tavares has been back on the grass for a month and now joining in certain drills with the first team.

Robins said: “Fabio’s working his way through, like Callum (O’Hare). I don’t really want to put a timescale on it, but he’s looking better. He’s joining in with some parts of the sessions now, the unopposed stuff. Maybe passing drills or in-possessions, but on the outside, utilising him in that way. He’s getting closer all the time.”

Possible return date: Unknown at this stage.

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