Johnson ‘buzzing’ as players return to Failand for small group training
Posted: Tuesday, May 26th 2020
Saturday, April 27th 2019
Niki Mäenpää returns from injury and is back between the sticks to start at Ashton Gate this afternoon.
City host Derby County, with Mäenpää one of three changes from the game on Easter Monday as Jamie Paterson comes in for Niclas Eliasson and Nathan Baker for Bailey Wright, respectively.
Marlon Pack takes captain’s armband for last scheduled home game of the season, with more than 25,000 set to take their seats in BS3. It sets a season average of 21,000 - the highest since 1979.
Speaking about today's team news, head coach Lee Johnson said: "Niki’s back in after a good 10 days training and a period of recovering from injury, so we think he’s ready. He’s looked sharp and the physios tell me he is fine so we look forward to seeing how he does.
"Paterson is back after injections in his knees, he probably needed that both physically and mentally. It’s an important game and we need him to be our spark. Baker comes back in with his natural balance with his left foot and that’s what we want for this particular day."
Today's match kicks off at 3pm.
City: Mäenpää, Hunt, Kalas, Baker, Webster, Dasilva, Pack, Brownhill, Weimann, Paterson, Diédhiou. Subs: O'Leary, Wright, taylor, Kelly, Semenyo, Eliasson, Palmer.
Derby County: Roos, Tomori, Keogh, Wilson, Mount, Waghorn, Lawrence, Johnson, Bogle, Huddlestone, Malone Subs: Carson, Jozefzoon, Marriott, Evans, Bennett, Nugen, Macdonald.
Match sponsor: BBS Plumbing
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