Bristol City have built up a mammoth injury list this season and it’s something that may have cost Dean Holden his job.
Things were going fine at Ashton Gate for the novice head coach for the first few months, but the Robins were then hit with multiple blows.
The likes of Jamie Paterson and Andreas Weimann – both crucial to their early-season success – were struck down and Jay DaSilva, Joe Williams, Callum O’Dowda and others have spent long periods out.
That injury list was added to by experienced striker Chris Martin, who picked up a hamstring injury in training earlier in the month.
The 32-year-old will be missing for a best-case scenario of around two months, but he could end up missing the rest of the entire season if the recovery period doesn’t go as quick as Bristol City hope.
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Martin has now updated City fans on his progress, and he’s shown off his nasty scar from the surgery he’s had to undergo to repair his hamstring.
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“Great to get my brace off this morning & finally catch up with the lads at training after a great win Tuesday,” Martin posted on Instagram.
“Looking forward to starting my rehab next week & hopefully the battle scar from the shark bite will be gone in no time.”
It looked like Bristol City were really missing the link-up play that Martin provided – until they found their scoring boots against Middlesbrough in midweek.
Martin’s injury coincided with the downturn in form that saw Holden sacked from his role as head coach, and he’s been a good option to have all season.
It’ll be a shame if Martin isn’t seen for the rest of the season, but considering he’s now in his 30’s, he may need to take longer than normal for his hamstring to recover from the trauma it’s been through – but he seems in good spirits.