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Johnson Pleased With Squad's Condition

Bristol City players reported back for pre-season training in wet conditions at Failand yesterday.

The footballs were out as head coach Lee Johnson put the squad through their paces after the summer break. 

The players were all given unique training schedules to adhere to in the off-season and Johnson was pleased with their conduct on their return. 

“I’m really happy with the physical condition of the players,” he told bcfc.co.uk

“Not one player has a higher body fat percentage than recorded at the end of the season so they’ve all worked hard over the summer. 

“It means there’s no pre-season fat club - just me and Pembo!” 

Last season’s top scorer Jonathan Kodjia and new recruit Gary O’Neil, alongside Korey Smith (ankle) and Frank Fielding (knee), were absent from the first session back. 

“We’ve given Jonathan an extra week off due to his commitments with the Ivory Coast,” he said. 

“Gary O’Neil will join us on the July 1st and Korey isn’t far away from returning to the training pitches. 

“Hopefully we’ll soon have a few further additions to the squad ahead of our pre-season matches.”