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[04 MAY 99] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Nilsson Aims To Play On Saturday

Coventry City’s veteran right-back Roland Nilsson has made a shock bid to return to action on Saturday, just four days after rejoining his team-mates for training.

It was feared that the Swedish international had played his last game for the club after suffering a horrific rib and lung injury against Arsenal in late March.

But Nilsson has now thrown himself back into first team reckoning after spending the last month recovering in Sweden, where he trained with his home town club Helsingborg - the team he will be joining in the summer.

The defender was given the once over by City’s club doctor upon his return and now believes he is fit enough to figure against Derby County at the weekend.

He said:

"I feel fit and strong and I’m not getting the discomfort after training that I was having a couple of weeks ago, so that’s a good sign.

"As long as things go all right in training this week and there is no reaction I will be making myself available for selection for Saturday’s trip to Derby."

Despite being one of the club’s most consistent performers this season, the full-back is assuming nothing as far as selection is concerned.

"I know Gary Breen and Marc Edworthy have done marvellous jobs filling in while I have been injured so I certainly won’t be expecting to walk straight back into the team," he said.

"If I start on the bench that’s fine, just so long as the team do well. That’s all that matters."

The experienced 35-year-old is also taking nothing for granted when it comes to the Sky Blues premiership survival.

He said:

"No-one here is relaxing , the club are in a much better position after the victory over Wimbledon, so hopefully we can finally make ourselves safe at Pride Park this weekend."
    

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