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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Monday, February 26th 2018

City pair add to injury woes

City could be without Famara Diédhiou and Nathan Baker next weekend, head coach Lee Johnson has revealed.

Defender Baker was sick at half time of the Severnside derby after being accidentally kicked in the head, before pulling his hamstring in the second half.

Diédhiou was also forced off against Cardiff City, after feeling pain in his knee.

Both could be doubts for City's home clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

"We hope is just a twinge," Johnson told BCTV after Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City.

"He felt in previous games so we will look into that.

"We may have to change the way we play if we don’t have a focal point up front, if Famara isn’t right, if Milan Djuric isn’t back so it may mean we have to stick smaller players on, who can handle the ball and be busy.

"It may mean we lose out on the physicality but I do believe that what we have built is strong and we have the options to chop and change.

Reflecting on the possibility of losing Baker, who has only recently returned from suspension, Johnson added: "We might have to look into the open market and see if there are any centre-halves about because at the moment we can’t rely on getting a steady team out."