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Johnson Wary About Smith Return

Lee Johnson is reluctant to put a timescale on Korey Smith's return.

The midfielder was rated 50/50 ahead of Saturday's Severnside derby with Cardiff City but didn't even reach the fitness test stage. 

Now with two away games in week, beginning at Wolves tomorrow night (7.45pm), Johnson admits he could be without the influential midfielder once more due to his ongoing ankle complaint. 

"I don't want to keep saying he's 50/50 and look like I'm lying to (the media)," Johnson said. 

"People will have seen Korey with his foot in a boot at the game and probably thought the worst, but that's just to protect it. 

"It's one of those where we have to be careful because if we rush him back then it could get worse. 

"We thought we'd be able to give him a fitness test on Friday but we didn't really get any developments there. 

"He'll be back when he's ready. But given the proximity of the games this week I'd say it's unlikely he'll be available."