Bristol City boss Derek McInnes delighted to have extended Neil Danns' loan deal
NEIL Danns will continue to aid Bristol City's fight for Championship survival into the New Year.
Recruited from Leicester City for one month initially, the midfielder was due to return to the King Power Stadium following last Saturday's 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
But Foxes manager Nigel Pearson has agreed to City's request to extend the Liverpudlian's loan deal and Danns will be available to face Derby County at Ashton Gate this weekend.
City manager Derek McInnes came to an arrangement "in principle" with Pearson last week and an extension has now been officially concluded.
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It means Danns will remain with City until January 8 and be available to play his part in key Championship fixtures against Derby, Ipswich, Watford, Peterborough and Millwall. It is not yet known whether he will be given permission to play against Blackburn Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, January 5.
Recruited on November 15 to fill in for the injured Cole Skuse, Danns arrived at a time when the Robins had suffered seven straight defeats and were rooted to the foot of the Championship table.
His drive and energy have not only revitalised City's midfield, but helped inspire a revival in fortunes which has yielded seven points from the last five games and seen the Robins move out of the bottom three.
A delighted McInnes said: "I'm grateful Leicester have agreed that Neil can stay with us.
"I had a conversation with Neil and he intimated he wanted to be a part of us and extend his loan.
"Leicester are happy for him to stay and he will be with us throughout the Christmas period.
"I've enjoyed working with him, I think he has brought something to us and I think there is more to come."
Meanwhile, City's injury problems are beginning to ease with a number of players returning to training this week.
Left-back Greg Cunningham and midfielders Jody Morris and Skuse are back working with the first-team squad, while winger Martyn Woolford is recovering from shingles and could be available by the weekend.
But Jon Stead, Steven Davies, Louis Carey and Lewin Nyatanga remain under treatment and McInnes is still some way off having a full squad from which to select.
Despite the disruption, he said: "I have never used that as an excuse, because it is the easiest thing in the world for the players to use it as an excuse.
"We will still put a team on the park that we expect a level of performance from."