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Posted Saturday, July 21st 2018

Wright raring to go

Bailey Wright is rested and ready to lead City into the new 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship season.

The Australian defender has recovered from a back strain and could get his first taste of pre-season action tonight when Lee Johnson’s side face Rayo Vallecano at the Marbella Football Centre (7pm BST kick-off).

“The boys have looked sharp and right at it,” said Wright. “I want to get back in the groove of things because everyone is training hard, day in day out, and I want to be a part of it.

“Hopefully I can get some minutes tonight. It’s been a frustrating injury over the last few weeks which tests you physically and mentally so I want to get out on that pitch and get some minutes.”

Wright reflected on his summer, saying: “Obviously I was gutted to miss out on the World Cup. There’s always a positive to a negative. But that’s not just football, that’s life and things happen and you move on quickly.

“The positive is I was able to get some time to recover and get some quality family time back in Australia which I haven’t had for a long time.”

City wrap up their Spanish warm weather training camp tomorrow morning and Wright added: “It’s been an enjoyable but tough week and I think we have made a lot of progress.

“It’s been a combination of tactical side of things, mentally challenging and hard work - but we are all doing it for the same goal which is to be successful this season.”

City welcome AFC Bournemouth to Ashton Gate on Friday (July 27th, 7pm kick-off) in the club’s final pre-season friendly ahead of the new campaign.

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