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Nigel Pearson shares update on Bristol City quartet as Derby County clash looms

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Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson has revealed that Andy King, George Tanner, Joe Williams and Callum O’Dowda are all in contention to feature for the club in this weekend’s meeting with Derby County.

King was an unused substitute on Monday as the Robins were forced to settle for a point in their showdown with Sheffield United.

Chris Martin’s effort was cancelled out by a strike from Morgan Gibbs-White at Ashton Gate.

George Tanner hasn’t played for the club since their 2-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in December as he has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Williams meanwhile was a notable absentee from the Robins’ squad for their meeting with Sheffield United.

As for O’Dowda, he has not participated in a senior game for City since February due to a knee injury.

The Robins will move up to 17th in the Championship standings on Saturday if they beat Derby and Cardiff City slip up in their meeting with Sheffield United.

Ahead of this fixture, Pearson has shared an update on King, Tanner, Williams and O’Dowda.

Speaking to Robins TV (as cited by Bristol City’s official website), Pearson said: “Andy King is back in the squad, George Tanner may even come into the reckoning too and Joe Williams will be back in contention for selection as well.”

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Making reference to O’Dowda, Pearson added: “Callum has been training regularly with the first team for a couple of weeks so there is potential for him to be available as well, we’ll see.”

The Verdict

It will be intriguing to see whether his particular quartet do indeed line up for the Robins this weekend as the club aim to extend their unbeaten run in the Championship to four games at Pride Park.

Although King and Williams will both be vying for a spot in central-midfield, they may be forced to watch on from the bench as Matty James and Han-Noah Massengo recorded respectable WhoScored match ratings of 6.87 and 7.73 against the Blades.

Pearson may find it beneficial to ease Tanner and O’Dowda back into action as they have both missed a considerable chunk of action.

Considering that the Robins have yet to decide whether to automatically extend O’Dowda’s stay by another 12 months, the Republic of Ireland international will need to prove his worth in order to avoid becoming a free-agent this summer.

In the 20 appearances that he has made in the second-tier this season, the 26-year-old has only managed to score one goal for City.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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