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In brief: Pre-Sunderland press conference

Dean Holden met the media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship trip to Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

The City assistant head coach answered questions from the local and national press at the Bristol City Community Trust holiday camps, along with defender Joe Bryan.

Here's what they had to say:


- Famara Diédhiou will undergo a scan on his injured knee

- Korey Smith, Nathan Baker and Bobby Reid all trained today and could return on Saturday

- Holden says spirits were high at Failand today in the wake of the 4-1 Carabao Cup victory over Crystal Palace

- Assistant head coach says normally he'd want a trip to Old Trafford in the quarter-finals, but being the last Championship team in the competition, he'd now welcome another home tie under the lights

- Holden says City "must beware the wounded animal" as they travel to Sunderland, a team that has not won in their last ten matches

- Assistant boss thanks the club's owner and Board for allowing the team to fly to and from the Stadium of Light

- Holden adds his delight at seeing so many kids attending the BCCT coaching camp - and most of which were donning City shirts


- Bryan delighted to get back to winning ways in the Carabao Cup last night

- Bristolian says he knew he was going to score as soon as he struck the ball against Palace

- Bryan wants another home tie in the quarter-finals

- Focusing on the trip to Sunderland, Bryan says the hosts still boast a number of quality players from their Premier League days

- Bryan says he enjoyed engaging with young supporters at the BCCT coaching camps

- Defender adds: "I always have banter with the kids not wearing City shirts, telling them they should be!"