Winger re­called by Sky Blues amid loan club tur­moil

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FOOTBALL - By ANDY TURNER

COVEN­TRY City winger Reise Al­las­sani has been re­called from his loan spell at Ebb­s­fleet United.

The 22-year-old for­ward joined Fleet on a three-month deal at the end of Septem­ber and made his de­but in a 3-1 win at Da­gen­ham when he earned the man of the match award for a daz­zling dis­play.

In fact, he played so well that even the home sup­port­ers ap­plauded him when he went off 17 min­utes from time.

The Sky Blues sum­mer sign­ing from Dul­wich Ham­let has been lim­ited to 29 min­utes on the pitch in League One so far, go­ing on as a sub­sti­tute against Gilling­ham and Rochdale, while also play­ing 87 min­utes in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy against Arse­nal Un­der-21s.

He was then sent to Kent to get reg­u­lar first team foot­ball but, un­for­tu­nately, suf­fered an Achilles in­jury in his sec­ond game and re­turned to Ry­ton for treat­ment.

Al­las­sani re­turned and made two sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances last month but has been re­called by City amid off-field tur­moil at the Na­tional League club, which was is­sued with a wind­ing-up pe­ti­tion last week.

The Non-League Pa­per re­ported that the club’s play­ers had been paid late in seven of the last ten months.

The Kent side have looked to tighten their bud­get in re­cent weeks and have let four first­team play­ers go in a bid to bal­ance the books. De­spite news of the wind­ing up or­der be­ing re­vealed, Ebb­s­fleet’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor David Archer has moved to re­as­sure sup­port­ers, telling Kent Live: “Pay­ment is be­ing trans­ferred as we speak. It’s all re­solved.

“They know it’s all be­ing done through the pro­ce­dure. It’s all in hand.”

Mean­while, a state­ment posted on the club’s of­fi­cial web­site read: “The foot­ball club is fully aware of the pe­ti­tion pub­lished in ‘The Gazette’ re­lat­ing to a wind­ing-up or­der.

“Ar­range­ments have been in place to pay the full amount within 72 hours and as a re­sult en­sure the re­moval of the pe­ti­tion through the stan­dard pro­ce­dure for these mat­ters.”

Ebb­s­fleet are owned by Kuwaiti busi­ness­man Dr Ab­dulla AlHu­maidi who bought the then Na­tional League South club in the sum­mer of 2013.

De­spite their off-field trou­bles, Ebb­s­fleet are on a good run of form un­der new boss Garry Hill and are sit­ting tenth in the Na­tional League ta­ble fol­low­ing Satur­day’s im­pres­sive 2-0 win at Alder­shot.

Al­las­sani will join up with Sky Blues’ un­der-23s who have been with­out a com­pet­i­tive fix­ture since they faced Wat­ford away from home on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23.

They have taken on Ox­ford United’s un­der-23s and Tam­worth in friendlies and on Mon­day have a Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment game away at Colch­ester United.

City cur­rently sit in sixth in the Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment League South ta­ble, with Colch­ester bot­tom in tenth.

Reise Al­las­sani earned the man-of-the-match award on his first out­ing for Ebb­s­fleet

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