Bristol City welcome Birmingham City to Ashton Gate this tonight knowing that a win would take them to third in the Championship–even if it’s just until Saturday evening.
The Robins have won five of their last six in the leagues, keeping clean sheets in their last four, and have kept pace with their promotion rivals.
A victory against the Blues this evening would certainly send a message to the rest of the division and put the pressure on the rest of the top six ahead of the Saturday games.
Johnson will undoubtedly want as much of his squad available to him as possible for tonight’s game but the Robins are not without some injury issues.
Andreas Weimann and Jack Hunt both appeared to pick up slight knocks against QPR last weekend but Lee Johnson has revealed that while Weimann’s dead leg has settled nicely, Hunt remains 50/50 after injuring his ankle.
Another player struggling with an ankle issue is Adam Nagy, who has been in and out of the matchday squad over the past few weeks as he is suffering from a reoccurring issue. In late January, it was suggested he would not need surgery to solve the problem.
The January signing of Filip Benkovic has provided the Robins with some more defensive reinforcements and it appears they set to get another boost in that area as Tomas Kalas is on his way back from injury.
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The central defender has not featured since the first FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town at the start of the month but Johnson confirmed that he is back in training and may feature for the U23s on Monday.
Though being the warrior he is, Kalas has suggested himself that he is ready to feature against the Blues. He posted on his Facebook page that he was back and “ready for the game”.
Marley Watkins is another player that has been missing since early January but it is understood that the 29-year-old is still around a month away from a return due to a significant tear in his calf.
Robins fans were treated to some good news concerning striker Benik Afobe earlier this week as he posted a video on Instagram of him back in football boots running on grass.
The on-loan striker suffered a nasty ligament injury four months ago but it appears he may be back for the run-in.