Ekstrand Suffers Knee Injury
Posted: Wednesday, December 7th 2016
Thursday, December 8th 2016
City head coach Lee Johnson met with the media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship trip to Huddersfield Town (3pm).
Here’s what he had to say…
- Johnson says everyone has been boosted by the win over Ipswich
- Head coach says the team weren't as expansive against the Tractor Boys, "building from a position of strength"
- City took part in a training game with Cheltenham Town this week, winning 5-2
- Johnson says the team in that training game was: Lucic, Trialist, Ekstrand, Moore, Bryan, Brownhill, Reid, O'Dowda, Paterson, Engvall, De Girolamo.
- Head coach reports Ekstrand came throug the game fine after recent knee setback
- Johnson sings praises of link-up with Guernsey FC, with Jake Andrews and Kodi Lyons-Foster heading there on loan
- Gary O'Neil has a toenail problem, which the medical staff hope will clear up by the weekend
- All other injuries are for the club's loan players; Arnold Garita with a knee problem and Zak Vyner, who is undergoing tests after a recent reported asthma attack on the pitch
- On Huddersfield, Johnson says they have power up the pitch and strong defensive players
- City boss adds they have a fluid style and reports they are playing better than recent results suggest
- Johnson believes City and Huddersfield are very similar in terms of their development
- Johnson says Tammy Abraham is desperate to get back scoring but insists "winning is the most important thing"
- Abraham even requested taking penalties but has been denied by the gaffer, who added: "It's not schoolboy rules where you take the penalty if you win it!"
- Johnson says Aaron Wilbraham is an invaluable member of the squad, who looks after his body at the age of 37
- Head coach delighted with Adam Matthews' performance last week
- Johnson reveals City could sign a couple of players in January who are "for the future" and would be loaned out immediately
- Other members of the squad could also go out on loan in the January window
Listen to his pre-match press conference in full on Bristol City Player HD.
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