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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Tuesday, January 16th 2018

Injury concern for captain Wright

Bailey Wright is a doubt for City's trip to Derby County on Friday night (7.45pm kick-off).

The Australian international may add to City's already long list of injured stars as he awaits the results of a knee scan.

City head coach Lee Johnson has revealed how the defender, who has featured heavily at right-back this season in the absence of Eros Pisano, has been playing through pain to his knee.

His squad host Manchester City for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday, days after their trip to Pride Park in what has been a packed-out winter period.

When asked how the cup game will affect his team selection for Friday, Johnson told BCTV: "At the moment it’s a case of sussing out the walking wounded.

"Bailey Wright has had a scan on his knee so we will have to see how that comes back. It’s been niggling away.

"Famara Diédhiou has been training but we have to judge that one and see how comfortable we are with throwing him straight back in or not."

ADDED INJURY CONCERNS

He added: "Matty Taylor has had a hernia issue in his stomach/groin area so we haven’t been able to get him as many minutes as we would have hoped.

"Gustav Engvall has been out with a hip problem so at the moment we are having steal as many minutes out of the ones who are chasing a little bit.

"Taylor has played in games but he hasn’t been in training due to the pain he has been in. But again it shows the character of the player because he’s strong enough to get through it."

Johnson also revealed Gary O'Neil has been doing some running following his lengthy return from knee surgery, while Milan Djuric is back in Italy undergoing muscle realignment work.