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Bristol City’s excellent start to the season has suffered a set-back with the news that 26-year-old centre-back Tomáš Kalas will be out for between 4-6 weeks, after suffering a grade-two hamstring tear, as confirmed on the club website.
Kalas, 26, had to be withdrawn after 32 minutes of the Robins’ league win over Hull City last weekend, a result that took City up to fourth in the Championship, just three points behind early season leaders Leeds United and Swansea City.
So how big a blow will the loss of Kalas be to the Robins?
“This is far from ideal.
“Kalas has the ability to be one of the best centre-halves in the league so, of course, the Robins are going to miss that for the next handful of weeks.
“However, the Robins should have enough in their squad to get by without him and with them beginning to click further forwards they will feel as though they can still get results.
“It’s a squad game after all and fans will be confident enough that their side can produce the goods.”
“It is a huge blow.
“With Adam Webster having left in the summer, Kalas has arguably become the Robins’ most important player so for him to be missing is very significant.
“They have options to step-in in that role but it is a big ask for them to replicate the summer-signing’s impact on the team.
“It may be that they need those at the other end of the pitch to really up their game before the end of the season now if they are to weather this storm.”
“It is of course a blow for Lee Johnson to lose a player of Kalas’ quality for any amount of time, but I think this one could have been a lot worse.
“Bristol City fans would have feared the worst when Kalas was initially injured, but the fact he is missing less than two months means he will be back playing fairly soon.
“The Robins will also be aided by the upcoming international break where they have two weeks without a game, so this injury should only see Kalas miss about four games.
“They have also recently strengthened their defence with the signing of Ashley Williams and this now looks like a very timely addition given Kalas’ lay-off.”