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Press Conference: Johnson Pre-Nottingham Forest

City head coach Lee Johnson met with the media ahead of the Sky Bet Championship clash at Nottingham Forest on Saturday (3pm).

Here’s what he had to say…

- Johnson labels the signing of goalkeeper Fabian Giefer “a great coup for the club” and says he is fit to compete for the number one jersey straightaway

- Head coach thanks Richard O’Donnell for his contribution to City after completing his move to Rotherham United

- Boss reveals Wes Burns will be next through the exit door on a permanent deal

- Johnson admits Shawn McCoulsky will be disappointed with his loan spell at Torquay United after returning to City

- Head coach says Diego De Girolamo is fully deserving of his contract extension after hitting the ground running on loan at Cheltenham Town

- Johnson reveals no new injuries but Korey Smith (six to eight weeks) and Adam Matthews (seven to ten days) remain sidelined

- Boss says midweek victory at Fleetwood left players and staff “enthused but also relieved” and hopes his team can play with more freedom as a result

- Change of formation has helped keep energy levels high during games, according to the head coach

- Johnson says City would like to send Ivan Lucic out on loan, but says the club would rather keep him in England after interest from abroad

- Boss insists Lee Tomlin and Bobby Reid remain crucial to his plans, despite the pair enjoying less game time in recent weeks

Listen to his pre-match press conference in full on Bristol City Player HD.