Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has provided an update on the status of Adam Nagy, as the midfielder nears a return from an ankle injury.
The central midfielder suffered the issue against QPR in August, but further setbacks have kept him out for a sustained period of time.
His recovery has been compounded by the fact Hungary have called him up three times since, with his national side fielding him in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia in September, which further affected his return and angered his manager.
Nagy has in total missed twelve league games for the Robins.
The good news is that he has recently returned to first-team training, and an injection in his ankle has helped relieve his pain. Johnson provided an update on 24-year-old in his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Bristol Post:
“He’s trained the last couple of days with no pain and that’s a big positive,” he said.
Unfortunately for Johnson, Nagy has been called up once again by Hungary for their upcoming game against Uruguay as well as the UEFA Euro qualifier against Wales, despite still not being fully fit.
The manager has also said it is out of his control, but he has had conversations representing his national team in private with Nagy.
“In terms of Adam, it’s a day-by-day thing, I do expect him to go to the national side. He does have a responsibility and sometimes players try and be the hero and sometimes it’s better for them to say, ‘there’s not something right’.”
He added: “We’ve had the conversation, I’ve expressed my disappointment in the decision (in September) but I don’t hold a grudge and we go on.
It is a positive update from Lee Johnson as Nagy is now pain-free, and that has to be good news.
However, there will still be worry for the manager even if Nagy joins up with his national team. If he aggravates the issue once again by playing despite not being 100%, it will be Bristol City that will feel the effects of it.