Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has revealed that the club could be without centre-back Tomas Kalas for the next six weeks through injury, but that midfielder Adam Nagy may return to action following the international break.
Kalas, who made his loan move to Ashton Gate from Chelsea permanent during the summer transfer window, was stretchered off with a suspected hamstring tear 32 minutes into the Robins 3-0 win at Hull City on Saturday.
Discussing the extent of the defender’s injury in his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Middlesbrough to Ashton Gate on Saturday, Johnson told the Bristol Post: “Tomas had a scan yesterday, it is a grade two [tear] of the hamstring.
“He’s a strong lad but it’s probably going to be somewhere between four and six weeks.”
The Robins are already missing Bailey Wright from their defensive ranks due to injury, and assessing his side’s situation in that area of the pitch, Johnson admitted it’s a concern.
“It feels like we’ve got some key players out with Bailey and Korey and Kalas particularly in that centre-half area of the pitch, but we’re alright.”
There is however better news for the Robins with regards to Adam Nagy.
The summer signing from Bologna has not featured for Bristol City since their victory over QPR on the 17th August due to injury, but has been called up for Hungary ahead of the September international break.
Explaining the situation with regards to the midfielder, Johnson revealed: “Adam’s looking pretty good, I’m pleased with that one.
“He’s moving a lot better now, he’s not so ginger in the way he walks and to touch the ankle’s not so bad. He’s been called up by the Hungary national side as well and he’s keen to play in that.”
Discussing the potential time scale on a return for the 24-year-old, the Robins boss claimed: “We’ll have a look at him tomorrow on the grass it may well be a little bit too soon this Saturday, but the plan is in Hungary’s qualifiers to have him ready for that second game and then back for our game against Stoke.”
Having won their last three league games on the bounce, Bristol City currently sit fourth in the early Championship standings, with a total of ten points from their opening five games of the season.
This really does feel like a combination of positive and negative for Bristol City.
Given his encouraging start to the campaign, the fact that Nagy is closing in on a return is encouraging, and you feel they will be keen to get him involved again as soon as possible.
That being said, I am slightly surprised that the midfielder is being allowed to go on international duty, increasing the risk of injury during his time away from the club, while the period spent travelling may not help his recovery either.
The situation around Kalas meanwhile looks to be a big blow for the Robins. The defender showed plenty of times last season just how big a presence he is in Bristol City’s back line.