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Wright faces late fitness test

Bailey Wright will undergo a fitness test ahead of tomorrow night’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Burton Albion.

The City skipper has been rated “50/50” to play by head coach Lee Johnson after returning from international duty early because of a glute injury.

Eros Pisano remains seven days away from full fitness after a knee injury, with Zak Vyner poised to step in if Wright fails his fitness check.

Elsewhere, Milan Djuric has been in full training for the last few days after recovering from groin surgery.

LONG-TERM RECOVERY

Another to have gone under the knife is Gary O’Neil, who now begins a long-term recuperation plan.

“I spoke to Gary and it’s obviously hard for him,” Johnson said. “It’s probably going to be somewhere between 12 and 16 weeks out.

“It’s something that has been niggling away at Gary for probably the last 12 or 14 months, so hopefully this can be the operation that sorts it out for him and allows him to go on and continue playing for the next two or three years, up until the point he decides to retire.”

WORLD CUP FOCUS

Johnson handed his players an extended period of time off during the international break, although seven of his squad were away representing their countries.

Hordur Magnusson helped Iceland qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in their history, while Wright and Callum O’Dowda have the chance to join the defender when Australia and Republic of Ireland take part in play-offs next month.

Johnson added: “It was great seeing the lads all congratulating Hordur today and hopefully we can have Bailey, Callum or even Famara (Diédhiou) joining him because Senegal still have a good chance.”

The City boss even joked: “It gives me the chance to legitimately go out to the World Cup and hand in an expenses claim!”

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

City supporters can pay on the night when Burton visit BS3 tomorrow night.

Alternatively, book in advance by calling 0117 963 0600 or online.

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