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Rowland Winter spoke to BBC C&W’s Alec Blackman after training on Tuesday.

Coventry director of rugby Rowland Winter has received positive fitness news ahead of Saturday’s vital round nine Greene King IPA Premiership clash with visitors Yorkshire Carnegie (Butts Park Arena, 3pm).

Winter’s team seek not only to bounce immediately back from last week’s chastening 60-25 defeat at Ealing, but also put further distance between themselves and the visitors, who currently sit bottom of the table.

And Cov’s prospects of going into a seven-week break from league action on the back of a fourth home win in five starts have been boosted by the news that a number of key players seem likely to be declared fit to face the starter’s gun.

“We hope to welcome back a few players from injury,” Winter confirmed.

“Among the forwards, Jack Ram should be back in the squad and our new signing Bi Alo should be involved. We also hope to have Andy Bulumakau in the backs.

“Those players will make a big difference, and mean we have more depth on the bench to change things and provide impetus as the game progresses.”

Andy Bulumakau is in line to return to the Cov squad on Saturday

The visit of Canada, who warm up for their World Cup repechage competition in Marseilles at the BPA on Monday November 5, is followed by Championship Cup home-and-away clashes with Doncaster Knights, Nottingham and Carnegie.

And Winter intends to use this period to ease more of his squad back into action following spells of longer-term injury and suspension.

“Over the next couple of weeks, Phil Boulton will be back from his ban, while James Stokes, Alex Woolford, James Voss and Darren Dawidiuk will also be fit,” he said.

“They all add to the group, and this improved depth will help us achieve greater consistency on the pitch than we are currently managing when selection is changing every week.

“We have a good squad, but chopping and changing because of injuries means partnerships don’t settle and players don’t get the chance to become at ease with each other as quickly.”

Winter and his coaching team have made changes to training this week based on last weekend’s performance, which he hopes will pay dividend in the medium term.

“We’ve reflected this week on the Ealing game, made some changes to our schedules and approach, and hopefully the impact of that will come through over the coming months,” he said.

“The more we play together the more we learn together, and that enables us to stop making the mistakes we are currently making.

“We didn’t expect to come into this league and storm through it only losing one or two games. We knew we would learn some lessons along the way in getting to where we hope we will end up in the table, and last Saturday was one of those occasions.”