Johnson Lauds Deadly Duo
Posted: Saturday, February 20th 2016
Sunday, February 21st 2016
Mark Little, Nathan Baker and Ben Gladwin will all be assessed ahead of Tuesday night’s Sky Bet Championship clash between Bristol City and Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm).
Little has been struggling with a groin injury and failed a fitness test before Saturday’s 2-0 win over MK Dons, affording Academy graduate Zak Vyner the chance to make his senior debut.
Baker was withdrawn at the break with an Achilles problem, leading to Alex Pearce taking his place.
Elsewhere Gladwin was left back in Bristol following a recent knee injury.
Head coach Lee Johnson said: “Litts has been troubled with a foot injury which altered his running style a bit, and that has led to him having a groin complaint.
“We gave him a fitness test but to be honest it was Litts who actually said he wasn’t right, even though he was desperate to play, so he’s gone up in my estimation for that.
“He’s probably 70/30 to be fit for Tuesday against Brighton, whereas with Bakes it’s probably more 60/40. He’s just taken a knock to his Achilles and he couldn’t continue.
“With Ben he trained really well on Thursday and Friday but then stiffened up quite a lot and we felt, speaking with the medical staff, that it would be better to let him have a proper training day on Saturday rather than have him travel all the way to MK.
“We’ll see how they all are on Monday.”
Of Vyner’s debut, Johnson said: “I was delighted for him. He’s done really well in training and deserved his chance.
“I’m really pleased for him that his family were in attendance to watch and he looked like an experienced Championship player out there.”