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Press Conference: Johnson Pre-Cardiff

Posted: Wed 11 Jan 2017
Author: Adam Baker
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Head coach speaks to the media at Failand.

  • Johnson on the Severnside derby with Cardiff
  • Head coach discusses Luke Freeman's contract situation
  • Boss also gives an update on the latest injury situation
City head coach Lee Johnson met with the media ahead of the Sky Bet Championship clash with Cardiff City at Ashton Gate (Saturday, midday).

Here’s what he had to say…

- Hordur Magnusson and Frank Fielding have a chance of facing Cardiff

- Gary O'Neil has shaken off a calf problem but is now ill

- Korey Smith will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with hamstring injury

- Adam Matthews has ligament damage between his hamstring and calf, meaning he'll miss anything from 2-12 weeks

- Joel Ekstrand is injured and ill

- Johnson is confident he has enough options even with a recent injuries

- Head coach expects a frantic start in the derby and a great atmosphere

- Boss says it's a great chance to "win a few hearts back"

- City remain active in the transfer market, he confirms

- Luke Freeman has been offered a new deal and was on the verge of signing. Johnson adds: "There's interest in him"

- Zak Vyner has returned to City after the conclusion of his loan at Accrington Stanley

- Arnold Garita is expected to remain at Plymouth Argyle

- Wes Burns' future will be decided in the coming weeks. Johnson says there is plenty of interest in the youngster, who has been on loan at Aberdeen - who also want to keep him

- Johnson reflects that the earlier season defeat at Cardiff was the start of the recent slump

- Johnson adds: "I'm in my dream job, my dream location and I believe we have a very bright future"

- Players will train at midday on Friday in preparation for the earlier kick-off on Saturday

- Johnson is confident City's players know all about the importance of the derby fixture

Listen to his pre-match press conference in full on Bristol City Player HD.