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Motivation not an issue for Kalas

Tomas Kalas is as motivated as they come as he and his Robins teammates get ready to take on Cardiff City this weekend.

The towering centre-back marked his return from injury a week ago in City’s 2-2 draw with Barnsley and is looking forward to the prospect of getting back out on the pitch once more in South Wales on Sunday (November 10th, 12pm KO).

For Kalas, he isn’t letting the occasion of a Severnside derby get the better of him as he stays focused on the task at hand.

“Obviously, it is great to be back. I was waiting two months to be back on the pitch so being able to be back in the game is really positive, I just wish it was two months earlier,” he said.

“I’m not really into making derbies like they are something other than another game but for the fans they are. As players we want to be beat everyone and if it’s a derby there might be extra motivation, but I am always motivated to win.

“For the fans it means they can say we are the kings of the South West. We (as players) will say we have beaten Cardiff, we have three points but we want our fans to be proud so we know there is loads to play for.”

City will look to leave the Cardiff City Stadium with a positive result and head into the next international break on a high.

It will be the third international break of the season, before a run of at least 25 matches (Sky Bet Championship and Emirates FA Cup third round) until the next break in March 2020.

That’s 72 points up for grabs in the league and Kalas has identified this period as arguably the most challenging point of the campaign.

He continued: “Now it is coming to the most difficult and most important part of the season. People say the start is just as important as the end but if you don’t start well you still have 35 games or so to make it up.

“Now it is tricky where you can’t rely on as many matches so the sooner we find the optimal team spirit, cohesion and unity the better and hopefully we can put together a good run as we did at the start of the season.”

Sold out away end

Supporters are reminded that the Robins will be backed by a sold out away end in South Wales with the full allocation snapped up by season card holders.

Fans without a ticket are urged to not travel to the Cardiff City Stadium as they will not gain entry however, the game will be shown live inside the Ashton Gate Sports Bar. Click here for full details.

And supporters with a ticket for the match can enjoy exclusive train fare discount with our official travel partner, TrainAI.