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Posted Tuesday, January 16th 2018

In brief: Pre-Derby County away press conference

Lee Johnson has met the media ahead of City's televised Sky Bet Championship clash at Derby County.

The head coach answered questions from the local and national press along with goalkeeper Frank Fielding.

Here's what they had to say:

LEE JOHNSON

- Bailey Wright has had a scan on his knee.

- Famara Diédhiou enjoyed his first day back in full training today.

- Matty Taylor has been absent from training with a hernia problem.

- Gustav Engvall has a hip injury, sustained in training.

- Gary O'Neil back running again after a lengthy time out following knee surgery.

- Milan Djuric is back in Italy going through "muscle realignment" to ensure he is 100% ready on his return to action.

- Johnson says there has to be some outgoings, but says he expects them to be younger players heading out on loan.

- Johnson admits people will see the recent run as "a sticky spell" but insists: "We're still in a great position."

- Boss says Derby are a good footballing side and predicts "a good advert for Sky Bet Championship football".

- Johnson pleased with exposure City have had recently, with ten games on Sky by the end of February.

- Recalling the match against Derby (4-1 win) back in September, Johnson says it was one of the best performances of the season but warns the Rams could use it as extra motivation.

 

FRANK FIELDING

- Goalkeeper insists morale is still high in the City camp.

- Fielding believes the Championship is the "hardest league in the world".

- Former Derby stopper admits City go to Pride Park as the underdogs but doesn't mind that.

- Fleding says he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Derby, which came before his move to Ashton Gate.

- "They're a big club, who always get big crowds and generate a brilliant atmosphere," he adds.

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