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Johnson issues update on injuries

Lee Johnson has given an update on the players currently absent from pre-season friendly action.

The City head coach has been denied the use of a number of players due to injury, while others have been granted extended time off due to international commitments.

Gary O’Neil’s foot injury means he will miss the next two to three weeks, putting him behind the rest of the squad in the lead up to the big season kick-off against Barnsley at Ashton Gate on Saturday, August 5th.

Matty Taylor returned for pre-season with a groin complaint but estimates suggest the former Bristol Rovers forward will return to training when City embark on their trip to Tenerife.

Another forward, Lee Tomlin, has a minor thigh complaint but could return as early as Tuesday against Bath City.

Jojo Wollacott and Tin Plavotic both have slight knee injuries, a similar problem to the one that troubled Arnold Garita over the summer.

Meanwhile, record signing Famara Diedhiou is en route to Bristol, aiming to show his face – albeit not feature on the pitch – for the Community Match at Bristol Manor Farm later today (4pm kick-off).

Bailey Wright and Hordur Magnusson were both given extra rest time after international exploits with Australia and Iceland respectively this summer.

City's squad in Guernsey
City were missing several players in Guernsey

“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s quick and he’s physical. We need to see if he fits our DNA and philosophy and the way we play.”

Head coach Lee Johnson on trialist Aaron Pierre

Trialist Aaron Pierre will again feature for City at Bristol Manor Farm.

The central defender is available on a Bosman free transfer after leaving a contract offer at Wycombe Wanderers unsigned.

Johnson admits he likes what he sees so far.

He said: “He’s a free agent and was in the top three defenders for League Two last season.

“He’s shown a strong desire to come to the football club and he’s certainly got good attributes.

“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s quick and he’s physical. We need to see if he fits our DNA and philosophy and the way we play.”