Carl Baker reveals the latest on a possible Coventry City come-back

Carl Baker believes he can play a ‘massive part’ in the second half of the season but admits the ball is very much in Coventry City’s court regarding his future at the club.

The fans’ favourite is currently being treated at Ryton for an Achilles injury but has no idea if he will be offered a deal by manager Mark Robins to re-join the Sky Blues for the rest of the season.

“I’m just doing some rehab with the physio, so I haven’t been training with the lads or anything,” revealed Baker, who had the opportunity to re-sign at City in the summer but opted to take up an opportunity to play in the Indian Super League with ATK.

However, his spell in Kolkata was cut short when he suffered an Achilles injury in a pre-season match which could keep him out for up to three months in total, although he's well down the road to recovery.

“I am going in there a few times a week trying to get fit but that’s about it at the minute," said the 35-year-old forward.

“But I feel I can play a massively important role for someone this season. It’s an important time of the campaign and it would be nice to have a fresh new addition, I suppose.


“It would work out great from my point of view to do something with Coventry but I don’t know where the club’s at.

"I’m available on a free so I can sign anywhere I want. I am hoping to be back fit in the next few weeks and then it’s just a question of getting my fitness levels up.

Worse case scenario
“Worse case scenario it could be sometime in February but there’s still a good few months left of the season and I’d like to think I could do well because I will be fresh.

“The first half of the season can take its toll a bit on the lads, playing a lot of games and players can get a bit tired and pick up injuries in the second half of the season.

“But hopefully I will be fresh as anything and if Cov do get to the play-offs I’d like to think I’d be flying by that stage.

“But I am not going to chase anything up. If there’s something there and something happens, then great. I’d be happy to do a deal.

“I’m going in a couple of times a week and training on my own at a local gym so if I did go in full-time it would obviously speed up my recovery time, but I’m pretty relaxed about it.”

What Robins has said
Speaking last month, the manager said: “If he’s in the building and under our noses then let’s see where it takes us.

“I have been honest with him, we need a certain type of player and if he falls into the category that we need down the line then that might be a bridge we cross then, but I am quite happy to help him get back to fitness.

“I don’t want to make more than what it is at the minute, which is him coming in to get fit. He’s happy with that and just needs to get himself fit.

“If we can help him to get to the stage of playing, fine, I have no problem with that.”

Asked if he’s spoken to the manager since his initial conversation about his rehabilitation, Baker said: “I have seen him around the training ground and spoken to him about general stuff, but not about anything else.

“The last time I spoke to him properly was when I came back from India injured and he said I could go in and use the facilities to try to get fit. He’s helping me out, doing me a favour really.”

Blessing in disguise
Although disappointed to cut short his spell in India, Baker believes it may have been a blessing in disguise following the birth of his third son, Keegan, at Christmas.

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