Bristol City defender Tomas Kalas has reportedly suffered a setback in training after returning from injury.
The central defender has been missing since January after being sidelined by a second hamstring injury of the season.
Kalas joined the club for a club-record fee of £8 million in the summer after impressing on loan from Chelsea last season.
City assistant manager Dean Holden suggested earlier this week that the Czech Republic international was “fit and raring to go” after making a full recovery.
However, Kalas was not named in the squad for the Robins’ 3-2 victory over Derby County last night and it has been revealed that he had suffered an injury setback.
The Bristol Post’s Gregor MacGregor has reported that the 26-year-old had an issue with his knee in training.
Lee Johnson told MacGregor after last night’s game: “His knee swelled up… I think it’s just a little valve and nothing too bad.”
Kalas has been hampered by fitness problems for much of the 2019/20 campaign–making just 12 Championship appearances for City.
However, the South West club have some great options at centre-back at the moment, with Ashley Williams, Nathan Baker, and Leicester City loanee Filip Benkovic all available.
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It sounds as though Kalas’ setback is only minor but it will still be a little worrying for City fans to hear he is struggling with an injury problem yet again.
Hopefully, he is back in action before too long.
The Czech defender was brilliant alongside Adam Webster last season but has not been able to have as much influence this season.
The Robins had one of the sternest defences in the division last season but have been more fragile this season, in part, due to injuries to key men.
You’d imagine that the arrival of Benkovic and the return of Kalas will strengthen them in that area considerably ahead of the run-in.