Coventry City have lost star striker Maxime Biamou, potentially for the whole season, in another example of their injury jinx kicking in.
Biamou suffered the injury against Blackpool in midweek and as soon as he had, manager Mark Robins feared the worst: “Once he went down with that injury and the way he went down, you feared the worst and it has been confirmed. He’s in remarkably good spirits considering the nature of it.”
Last season they lost Tony Andreu and Jodi Jones, both during the early exchanges of the campaign. Jones has yet to return from his November injury, but Andreu is back in the side.
Having lost Marc McNulty in pre-season, it seemed as though perhaps Biamou would be the focal point of the Coventry attack. A failed attempt to lure Connor Chaplin from Portsmouth left Robins with little option but to rely on the Frenchman alongside Jonson Clarke-Harris, whom he signed from Rotherham.
Biamou is now side lined with an ACL injury which will likely have Robins scrabbling in the loan market this week. The problem is few teams are willing to let a star striker go at this stage, especially on loan, which may leave Coventry looking short in attack for the first half of the season. Amadou Bakayoko could be an option, he joined from Walsall in the summer.
To lose one key player to an ACL would be classed as unlucky, but to lose one before another comes back is incredibly unfortunate. The problem it now presents is a lack of attacking options at a crucial season for Coventry. They relied heavily on McNulty’s goals last season to get into the League Two play offs, but they’re arguably a weaker force going forward than they were twelve months ago.
The Sky Blues season hinges on Robins movement sin the coming day. His side should have comfortably beaten Gillingham yesterday but for a host of missed chance and better sides will punish them more severely than the Gills managed to.