Coventry City have revealed the nature of the freak injury that has put Adam Armstrong out of action.

Manager Tony Mowbray says that the Newcastle United striker slipped on ice at Coventry’s training ground last week, leading to a ‘tweak on his medial ligament’.

The Geordie striker missed Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Southend which leaves the Sky Blues in fifth place, six points off the automatic promotion places but seven points clear of those trying to get in the play-off spots.

Mowbray’s diagnosis is that after a scan it has only shown it to be a ‘mild’ injury and they just have to ‘wait and see’.

However, after scoring 16 goals from only 23 starts, the Coventry boss thinks a brief rest from first team action might give Adam Armstrong a chance to ‘re-charge his batteries’.

The Geordie striker turns 19 two weeks tomorrow (10 February) and Mowbray says that Armstrong has admitted that he has never before played so much football in his life.

Tony Mowbray:

“Adam Armstrong’s is a tweak on his medial ligament in his knee, slipping on the ice in training last week which opened his knee up a little bit. But he has been scanned and it’s only mild so let’s wait and see.

“So sometimes it’s not a bad thing to have some time off the intensity of match days and hopefully it will help re-charge their batteries for when they do come back in.

“Hopefully we can add some players who can give us more options and enable us to give them a natural breather by taking them out of the firing line a bit.

“Particularly Adam Armstrong who has taken on the burden of scoring the goals for the team and yet he’s still 18 until next month.

“Sitting down and talking to him, he acknowledges he’s never played so much football. He’s a very robust young man but a week off won’t do him any harm, I’m sure.”