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Mixed news: Bristol City manager gives double injury update

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Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has issued an update on two injured first team players following their 0-0 draw with Burton Albion, The Bristol Post is reporting.

Lee Johnson has expressed frustration with the extent of midfielder Korey Smith’s injury but has been encouraged by Matty Taylor’s progress.

Striker Matty Taylor was omitted from the Bristol City squad which faced Burton Albion last night and Johnson has revealed that he has some fluid in a swollen ankle.

However, Johnson expects the former Bristol Rovers forward to return against Leeds United next weekend and admitted that he could have played last night if the game was more important.

There is less positive news with regard to Korey Smith, though, who was replaced by Marlon Pack just before half-time in the draw with Burton Albion.

Johnson said:

“It’s frustrating, it leaves us light.

“It looks like he is going to be out for a bit.

“It’s probably a tear, it could be in the sheath of the muscle or it could be the actual muscle, again it is disappointing.”

In other news, Lee Johnson expects Eros Pisano and Milan Djuric to return within the next few weeks.

Summer signing Pisano is now back on grass and the Italian full-back is in light training whilst Djuric is “four or five weeks” behind everyone else.

The Verdict

Losing Korey Smith is a blow and it looks like it will be a lengthy injury.

Bristol City will miss the midfielder as they continue to hunt for promotion.

However, it looks like Johnson will have plenty of attacking options soon with the imminent returns of Taylor and Djuric.

Bristol City fans – What do you make of this injury update? Let us know below…


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