Thursday, September 29th, 2016
Lee Johnson is confident Mark Little’s hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared.
The defender limped out of Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Leeds United after pulling up whilst trying to stop a cross.
Johnson admitted Little is a doubt for Saturday’s visit of Nottingham Forest to Ashton Gate, but with a two-week international break to come, the right-back won’t be missing for long.
“Whether or not he’s ready for Saturday I’m not so sure, but Mark Little’s hamstring is better than expected and I’m pleased with that,” said the head coach, speaking to Bristol City Player HD.
“He’ll be really disappointed because he was still suffering with his shoulder problem last year and I think that got to him a little bit.
“He’s got such a big heart and such character that he always gets through games, but in the last five or six games I think we’ve seen the real Mark Little.
“He’s adjusted to the role at right-back, rather than wing-back, which is quite a big adjustment, and he’s been doing really well. Hopefully he’ll be back as soon as possible.”
City arranged a behind-closed-doors friendly with Forest Green Rovers yesterday to aid the match fitness of a handful of first team players.
“It was beneficial for me to see where they are first-hand,” Johnson added.
“We got beaten 3-0 with a real mixed bag of players – some Under-18s played and did really well, which was good because I haven’t seen much of them, and some Under-23s played as well.
“Joel Ekstrand, Gustav Engvall and Diego De Girolamo all played 90 minutes, Adam Matthews played 60 minutes and Korey Smith played 30 minutes.
“There’s still a bit to do with a couple of them, but I was pleased to get a game for them and we can reassess the plan from there."
City go in search of a fourth consecutive victory when they host Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate on Saturday (3pm). Tickets are available on general sale by phone on 0117 963 0600 and online.