Bristol City boss Dean Holden has revealed that Dan Bentley could return to the starting XI against Middlesbrough on Tuesday after missing Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Barnsley.
Bentley has been the Robins first-choice goalkeeper through the first month of the season but missed Saturday’s game at Oakwell due to a neck injury.
Cauley Woodrow’s late penalty meant that City were unable to extend their 100% record, though they remain top of the Championship.
Speaking to the Bristol Post after the game, Holden provided an update on Bentley and revealed he could be back in time for the visit of Boro on Tuesday.
He said: “It’s just a slight neck injury so fingers crossed. He’s being assessed over the weekend. I spoke to him briefly this morning but we’ll see how he holds up for Tuesday.”
When pressed on whether it could be a long term issue, Holden said: “No, I wouldn’t like to think so.”
Jay Dasilva was also missing from City’s squad for yesterday’s game but the Robins head coach revealed after the game that his omission was a tactical decision, with Callum O’Dowda preferred to the former Chelsea defender.
He said: “Jay’s fine. It was just a decision and I’ve spoken to him prior to naming the subs this morning. It was just without Chris Brunt in there, we knew that Callum could provide cover at left wing-back and in that number eight position instead of Jay.”
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The conclusion to Saturday’s game was a frustrating one for City, who missed out on a fifth consecutive win due to a controversial penalty call, but Holden’s post-match interview has provided some positive updates.
Bentley has been excellent this term and it appears his neck injury is unlikely to keep him sidelined for long, with a return on Tuesday possible.
Dasilva has missed long periods due to injury since joining the Robins but it appears he is fit as well, which is definitely a bonus.