Conner Robinson is sure Lincoln City will cope with injury problems
Conner Robinson insists the entire Lincoln City squad will have to “chip in” in order to ease the mounting injury crisis at Sincil Bank.
The casualty list increased during the 1-1 draw with Gateshead at the weekend with both Gary Mills and Peter Gilbert forced off with knee and groin problems respectively.
Both players look set to be ruled out for the next four to six weeks leaving boss David Holdsworth short of cover in midfield and at full-back.
With Mo Fofana, Dan Gray and Rob Duffy still sidelined, the Imps chief has promised to add reinforcements in the transfer window.
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But Robinson says the entire squad will be given a chance to ease the burden which may result in players playing out of position, starting this weekend at Ebbsfleet.
“The injuries are starting to mount up, but we do have quite a big squad,” he said.
“There’s no question players will be given a chance in the next couple of weeks.
“Everybody just has to chip in and work for the team.
“You only had to look at Paul Robson, who is a right-back, but ended up going left-back. He did a brilliant job.
“That’s the attitude you need to have if you are going to overcome the problems we have at the moment.”
With Lincoln desperate for reinforcements, Holdsworth has at least been given a boost by the return of Robinson who has had his own problems.
After scoring a wonderful goal in the 4-2 win at Wrexham, the centre of excellence graduate had struggled with a groin problem as well as illness.
But he offered a timely reminder of what City have been missing with the striker producing another razor sharp finish in the 1-1 draw against Gateshead at the weekend.
Robinson said he was just glad to be back after a testing couple of months.
“I have been out a long time with a chest infection and other niggles so it was just great to be back,” he said.
“The cold weather had an impact on me and to be honest I don’t deal with it very well.
“I picked up a chest infection and I just was not playing to my full potential.
“But luckily I have people around me who look after me, and I’ve come back fighting.
“It was nice to get on the scoresheet too so long may it continue.”
Robinson will now hope he has done enough to warrant a place in Holdsworth’s starting 11 for the trip to Ebbsfleet, who are in the relegation zone.
The two sides fought out a 1-1 draw earlier in the season, but Lincoln will be aiming for a repeat of last season’s 3-2 away victory at Stonebridge Road.
With Ebbsfleet fighting for their lives, the game does not scream out classic, and Robinson says it may be another case of trench warfare.
“In these types of games you have to grind results out because they are hard games,” he said.