Coventry City are bracing themselves for Adam Armstrong heading back to Newcastle in January.

The League One club have already said that they want to extend the 18 year old’s stay until the end of the season, but Newcastle haven’t made any public statement either way.

Little wonder with the fragile nature of the club and the season at this moment in time, only this week United were forced to recall 18 year old keeper Freddie Woodman due to needing him for first team squad duties.

Adam Armstrong’s eight goals in nine matches have propelled Coventry in the play-off positions and only three points off the top of League One.

Little wonder that manager Tony Mowbray is desperate to keep the Geordie striker, though he has admitted that he’s kept some of the player/transfer budget back, just in case Coventry suffer a key injury or lose Adam Armstrong.

Tony Mowbray:

“If we have got no money after Christmas and we get an injury to a key player or Adam Armstrong goes back, we can’t moan if we have spent all our money, so we have to keep some back for a rainy day.

“We are always trying to improve the squad. The budget has not changed but there is still a little bit left and it’s just waiting for the right bodies.

“We have talked about potentially loaning some players out to save money on a salary.”