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Posted Thursday, August 30th 2018

Diédhiou gives us another strong option - McAllister

Jamie McAllister expects healthy competition for places with the return of a "hungry" Famara Diédhiou this weekend.

The striker could feature against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday (September 2nd, 1.30pm) in what is his first game available for selection after serving a six-game suspension.

He returns to action in a City side which hasn't shied away from the goals this season, notably Andreas Weimann having grabbed five goals in as many games.

'Diédhiou a big plus for us'

"He’s itching to get going, he’s trained really well and is desperate to be involved," McAllister said describing Diédhiou. "He’s hungry...he can’t wait to get on the pitch and get some minutes. He’s a big plus to have back in the team.

"In the last few games Weimann has been outstanding with his goals and work rate and Matty Taylor has come in and built a great relationship there. We’re strong up front but with Famara coming back, we are even stronger.

"Matty has been brilliant too. It's been good to see him score and see his relationship with Andi. Both work hard, make good runs and are goalscorers.

"Famara gives us another dimension and it maybe presents a selection headache for the gaffer but that’s good because you want competition for places."

Taylor and Weimann in the middle of celebrations v Swansea City

CITY IN GOOD FORM

City return to Ashton Gate for Sunday's fixture, off the back of maximum points in their last two away games against QPR and Swansea City, respectively.

"Preparation has been good, the lads are in high spirits after two big away wins," McAllister added.

"We’re confident and can’t wait to come back home. The lads love playing here, there’s a great atmosphere and the fans are excellent.

"We weren’t searching for a win, it was always coming by the way we were playing. We just addressed a few things against QPR and Swansea. We got two clean sheets, showed we are well organised, we had great support and we created opportunities."

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