Bristol City v M’boro preview

Date published: Friday 2nd December 2011 10:02

City are sweating over the fitness of Lewin Nyatanga as they prepare to host Boro.

Defender Nyatanga picked up a knee injury in the 2-2 draw with Watford on Tuesday and is rated doubtful for the clash with the Teessiders.

Otherwise, manager Derek McInnes has no new injury or suspension worries as he looks to extend his team’s unbeaten run in the Championship to seven matches.

Striker Jon Stead is back in contention for a place in the Robins’ matchday squad after shrugging off a groin problem, while defensive duo Louis Carey and Jamie McAllister are both ready for a comeback following their returns from respective knee and ankle injuries.

Fringe players Ryan Taylor (broken metatarsal) and Nicky Hunt (knee) remain sidelined.

Midfielder Barry Robson is a doubt for Boro’s trip to the west country.

The Scotland international missed Tuesday night’s 2-0 home defeat by promotion-chasing West Ham with a thigh problem and his recovery will be assessed in the run-up to the game.

But while manager Tony Mowbray will hope to have Robson at his disposal, the former Celtic man’s chances of being joined in the squad by compatriot Kevin Thomson look remote.

Thomson has missed the last seven games with a hamstring injury and is rated as doubtful for the game at Ashton Gate.

Boro remain in fourth place in the table despite Tuesday night’s reverse, but are now eight points adrift of the Hammers in the second and final automatic promotion place.

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Bristol City v M’boro preview

Date published: Friday 14th January 2011 10:13

Bristol City boss Keith Millen is hopeful on-loan defender Steven Caulker will be fit for the game.

Caulker was initially very doubtful for the game after limping out of the FA Cup third-round defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.

He suffered a hip injury following a collision with team-mate David James and returned to parent club Tottenham for treatment.

“It didn’t look too good to begin with. I didn’t think he would be available for this Saturday, but now it looks as though he might be,” said Millen.

“I spoke to someone at Tottenham on Tuesday and he told me the scan was just a precautionary measure. I’m certainly not ruling Steven out of the Middlesbrough game.”

More good news for Millen is the return to fitness of captain Louis Carey. The defender has been out for two months with a series of problems, but came through a reserve-team game this week and is available for selection.

Another defender, Christian Ribeiro, is a doubt after sustaining a hamstring injury against Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Fontaine is on standby to come into the side, while forward Danny Haynes could also be recalled.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray is hoping to have several key men back at his disposal for the trip to Bristol.

Marvin Emnes (foot), Barry Robson (thigh) and Jason Steele (knee), who all missed the 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat at Burton, have returned to training this week.

The trio could all come back in, but midfielder Nicky Bailey is a major doubt after going down with a virus.

Mickael Tavares is out with a fractured toe which will sideline him for at least three weeks, while the club is awaiting the results of scans carried out on teenage striker Luke Williams after he damaged an ankle during the 4-2 FA Youth Cup victory over Doncaster in midweek.

Kevin Thomson continues his battle to return from the after-effects of his leg fracture, but Stephen McManus (ankle ligaments), Willo Flood (knee) and Rhys Williams (pelvis) are still out.

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