Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has offered an update on the fitness of right-back Jack Hunt following Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Luton Town.
Hunt suffered the knock in the second half with all three of the club’s substitutes used and Johnson has now admitted that he opted against bringing him off early.
“I haven’t found out to what extent (Hunt is injured),” Johnson said, reported by the Bristol Post.
“But he was hobbling a bit. I thought about taking him off and playing with 10 men but then we scored that goal that was disallowed.
“Then you think if we nick one then you never know. I didn’t want to concede the game effectively for everybody by bringing him off and ending the game with 10 men.”
Is Pereira good enough to step in for Hunt?
Second-half goals from Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Harry Cornick and Ashley Williams, into his own net, condemned the Robins to their first defeat since the opening day of the season.
Hunt is somebody who has been crucial in that strong run of form, playing in all 12 of their league clashes and racking up three assists in the process.
The defeat to Luton left the Ashton Gate outfit in ninth place, with QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton all jumping ahead of them.
Losing hunt would be a real blow to Bristol City.
Yes, there are much flashier players in their side, but few who do the basics as well as Hunt does them and as consistently.
The knock means that 21-year-old Pedro Pereira is now likely to come in for their midweek match-up with Lee Bowyer’s side.
The clash with Charlton will undoubtedly prove a seriously tough challenge too but they will be desperate to ensure that they do not fall into a shocking run of form.