Bristol City defender Jack Hunt has been out with injury for the past couple of games and will continue to be so until the international break, however he will still be fearing for his spot in the defence once he returns to full fitness.
Taking Hunt’s spot during his injury has been 21 year-old right-back Pedro Pereira, who is on loan from Benfica for the season.
The Portuguese youth international has put in a couple of impressive performances so far for the Robins, holding his own in the 2-1 win against Charlton Athletic and then netting the equaliser against Wigan Athletic to make the scores 2-2 yesterday afternoon.
Up until his injury, the stable Hunt was doing a good job of keeping Pereira out of the team with his consistent performances down the right-hand side, however the loanee has now managed to stake a claim for the shirt with Hunt’s return just a few weeks away.
Personally for him, Hunt’s return couldn’t come quick enough with the thought of losing his place in the side permanently to Pereira and the 2018 summer signing will want to get back on the pitch to show his manager Lee Johnson that he should be first-choice down the right flank.
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Hunt has plenty of qualities that he brings to the side, either as a right-back or as a right wing-back, with his attacking qualities, defensive responsibilities and leadership on the field making him one of the more reliable players that Lee Johnson is able to pick from on a matchday.
Hunt will have been watching Pereira’s performances with interest over the past couple of weeks having limited him to just the four starts and three substitute appearances before the 28 year-old’s injury.
The former Sheffield Wednesday defender will have noticed the similarities and differences to his younger counterpart’s game and taken note of them, however Hunt knows that he has enough quality and that Johnson has enough trust in him to give him his spot back in the team.
Whatever happens though, Hunt will still have an impact on Bristol City’s campaign.