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City Dealt Double Injury Blow

Lee Johnson has revealed both Gary O’Neil and Mark Little picked up injuries in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

The pair were substituted at half-time as a result.

O’Neil only returned from injury in the Emirates FA Cup win at Fleetwood Town four days previously, while Little was taken off that night as a precaution after feeling discomfort in his hamstring.

“Gary O’Neil has a groin problem,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD. “He thinks he’ll be out for a couple of weeks minimum.

“Mark Little’s is a hamstring. I don’t know exactly how long he’ll be out.

“It was a risk, but there aren’t too many options in that right-back berth at the moment.”

The head coach used his third and final change at the City Ground immediately after Ben Osborn’s spectacular winner for the hosts in the 67th minute, introducing Lee Tomlin for Milan Djuric.

“I think Milan is still catching up a little bit on his fitness at this sort of level – it’s a completely different tempo to the Italian league,” Johnson explained.

“He put two good shifts in and he’s not used to Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday games.

“Tammy (Abraham) was fresh. He’s a poacher and a goalscorer, so you want to leave him on.

“Lee Tomlin went up front with him and naturally dropped into the hole, but we didn’t quite get him on the ball enough.”

“It was a risk, but there aren’t too many options in that right-back berth at the moment.”