Matty Godden upbeat about fitness and hails Coventry City ‘weapon’ Viktor Gyokeres
Coventry City striker Matty Godden believes he is on the verge of peak fitness again after his latest injury setback.
After a three-month layoff as he recovered from ruptured ankle ligaments, Godden returned to action at the end of January before suffering a minor setback in the 1-1 draw with Luton Town last month. That caused him to miss the following match against Millwall, but the 31-year-old has appeared in the last three games and is set to figure as the Sky Blues visit relegation-threatened Huddersfield Town today.
“I had a little setback in that one game at Luton, which was kind of expected,” he said. “I was never going to play in the Tuesday game [against Millwall], although I wasn’t expecting to miss it altogether.
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“It was one of those things. I’m getting there, I’m not too far away, it’s just about building up those minutes now and getting close to the 90 mark and getting that sharpness.”
Godden is enjoying linking up with City’s highly-rated leading scorer Viktor Gyokeres again and says it took no time to rekindle their understanding following his long absence.
“Vik and I have played well together for two years now,” reflected Godden. “I didn’t play with him as much when he was on loan [in the second half of the 2020/21 season] but a lot last year and a lot this season.
“We have good relationship on the pitch. If I pick the ball up in little areas, I always try and look for him. He’s an outlet, a weapon that we have and try to use a lot.”
Gyokeres is winning generous praise for his performances, with Huddersfield boss Neil Warnock branding him the best striker in the Championship ahead of today’s game.
Asked how much the Swede has come on during his time at the club, Godden added: “He’s been a different player since he came here permanently, but you’re only as good as the players around you as well.
“He deserves all the accolades for what he’s done. He works hard and he’s so good for us going forward. But it’s all about the team and the boys supplying the chances for him.”
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