Coventry City boss Mark Robins has told Coventry Live that Nottingham Forest loanee Jonathan Panzo has picked up an unfortunate injury. The Reds’ central defender has been a regular in the team this season but he’s sat out the last four fixtures for the Sky Blues.

Panzo was allowed to join the Championship outfit in the summer after Forest won promotion. The former Dijon defender was signed by the Reds in January 2022 but he managed just a single appearance as Steve Cooper preferred tried and tested options.

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The 22-year-old is very much considered a player who can make an impact in the future. He was part of the England under-17 squad that won the World Cup under Steve Cooper in 2017 and clearly the Reds boss rates him highly.

His form at Coventry has been largely impressive this season. He’s made 28 appearances for the club, scoring a single goal against Swansea back in December.

Now, Robins has explained why he’s not featured during the last four matches. He told Coventry Live: “Panzo’s knee hit a goalpost. He clattered a post in training so he has some bone bruising and it’s settled. There’s not much swelling if any, but he’s got bruising which is sore on his patella. Whenever that moves he’s feeling the pain so we just have to wait for it to settle down a bit.”

Robins confirms Panzo has picked up an unfortunate injury

The Forest man will hope to return with a vengeance when he’s fit again. Getting into the team won’t come easily though, with the Sky Blues winning three of the four games he’s not played in and drawing the other one.

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Coventry are up to 11th in the league table and hold a game in hand on some of the teams in the top six. Given the tight nature of the division, they will have hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs.

Panzo was on the pitch celebrating with his Forest teammates at Wembley last May. Now, he will have his sights firmly on playing a part in this season’s play-off games with Coventry.

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