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Maddison Needs Rest And Won’t Be Sold Says Pressley

Coventry City manager Stephen Pressley insists that he does not want to sell teenage forward James Maddison who is currently unable to play due to growing pains.

The 18-year-old striker who is in the second year of his apprenticeship, has made a dozen senior appearances this term and is already being talked about as Coventry’s most prized asset but has been side-lined since earlier in the month suffering from back pains.

With Coventry struggling for goals, manager Stephen Pressley has admitted that he and Maddison are both ‘frustrated’ by the lay-off.

However while the situation may not be ideal in the short term, the youngsters inaction could work in the clubs favour with the January transfer window due to close next Monday.

While player is thought to have a number of Premier League admirers, the likelihood of any pursuing a deal while he is still unfit to play is significantly reduced.

“James has been for a scan and it came back with what we thought it would,” Pressley said.

“It looks like the problem is as a result of a growth spurt so he’s going to have to rest for a longer period. That’s frustrating for him and very frustrating for us.

“We don’t want to sell James because he’s pivotal to what we want to create here.

“I would imagine that his parents are very grounded people who can see he has a clear pathway into the first team here and I would think that those giving him advice would be telling him it’s too early to even think about going.

“He’s still got a lot of games and things to overcome before he should consider moving on.”

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