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Diédhiou and Hegeler set for lengthy layoffs

Famara Diédhiou and Jens Hegeler are poised for extended spells on the sidelines with knee injuries.

Diédhiou damaged knee ligaments in a fall during Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate.

The Senegalese international went for a scan this week, which showed up a medial ligament tear, meaning he will miss up to three months of action.

Hegeler, meanwhile, has undergone knee surgery, meaning he will be on the sidelines for between 12 and 14 weeks.

“It was quite a bad fall and Fam has badly injured his knee. It’s a grade two (tear) of the medial ligament, which means ten to 12 weeks out,” Johnson told BCTV and BBC Radio Bristol before the game at Sunderland.

“It’s not as bad as first feared but it’s still bad.”

With regards to Hegeler, the City boss added: “Jens required a cartilage repair operation in Germany, which is where he will now spend half of his rehab, before returning to England.”

Diédhiou has scored six goals in 16 appearances for City since his record £5.3m move from Angers SCO in the summer.

Hegeler joined City from Hertha Berlin in January and has made 21 outings for the club, scoring once.

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