The loss away at relegation candidates Rotherham was a disappointing one for Mark Robins’ side, who have lost two on the bounce and won just twice in their last 11 games, but O’Hare’s appearance from the bench was a clear positive.
Callum O’Hare returns
O’Hare’s appearance off the bench was a rare positive for the Sky Blues on a frustrating evening in South Yorkshire.
The 25-year-old featured for the first time in 2023 when he came off the bench to replace defender Joel Latibeaudiere in the 76th minute.
The attacking midfielder has spent 10 months sidelined after suffering an ACL injury against Sheffield United on Boxing Day 2022.
Coventry have been patient in their handling of O’Hare but clearly felt that he was ready to feature against Rotherham on Wednesday evening.
Unsurprisingly, he got a great reception from the travelling Sky Blues fans and took to Twitter to pen a heartfelt message to them today.
He said: “Wow I’ve missed you all so much. So, so happy to be back out in front of you all.”
O’Hare will hope to add to his minutes back at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Saturday as his side host in-form West Bromwich Albion.
Callum O’Hare can be Coventry’s catalyst
It’s fantastic to see the 25-year-old back in action after such a long time out injured and his return could prove the catalyst for the Sky Blues as they bid to turn their fortunes around.
They lost their two key attacking players – Gus Hamer and Viktor Gyokeres – in the summer transfer window and are still adapting to that.
If O’Hare can return to his best then he may be able to get things going for them in the final third and help Ellis Simms and Haji Wright get going.
The former Aston Villa player has been a bright spark at Championship level in the past, with eight goals and 20 appearances in 107 second tier appearances, and that does appear to be what Coventry are missing.
Patience is needed but his return could be massive news for Robins and co.