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Cotterill Hopeful On Fielding Injury

Steve Cotterill is hopeful goalkeeper Frank Fielding won’t be out of action for too long.

City’s stopper missed the Capital One Cup trip to Luton Town last night after picking up a shoulder injury in training.

Ben Hamer made his debut at Kenilworth Road following his arrival on a season-long loan from Leicester City, a move Cotterill feels became more crucial with Fielding unavailable.

He told Bristol City Player HD: “He (Fielding) overstretched his shoulder in training and wouldn’t have been able to play (against Luton).

“It made the goalkeeping situation a lot more urgent than it was but it won’t be too long hopefully (before Fielding is fit) and then we know we’ve got two goalkeepers anyway.

“It was a hurdle we had to overcome, but it just ended up accelerating that little bit more.”

Joe Bryan was also absent in the first round loss due to a knee injury picked up on the opening day against Sheffield Wednesday.

The wing-back had a scan yesterday and Cotterill confirmed the damage isn’t as bad as first feared and the 21-year-old could be in contention for the weekend’s visit of Brentford.

“It doesn’t look like Joe Bryan is too bad,” he said.

“He should be okay – he only has bone bruising and a trace of fluid around his knee.

“He might be okay for Saturday.”

Kieran Agard gained more priceless minutes from the bench at Luton, while Mark Little was an unused substitute on his return from a dislocated shoulder.

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