Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll hoping Greg Cunningham will be fit to face Crystal Palace
Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll is sweating on the fitness of first-choice left Greg Cunningham ahead of Tuesday's npower Championship showdown with promotion-chasing Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The Republic of Ireland international was forced to miss Saturday's Severnside derby encounter against Cardiff City in the Welsh capital after straining a hamstring in training.
Richard Foster deputised as a left wing-back, but City clearly missed Cunningham as they were beaten 2-1 by the runaway Championship leaders.
Omitting Cunningham from the squad in Cardiff was a precautionary matter and O'Driscoll is now keeping his fingers crossed that the Irishman is fit to return against Palace in the capital on Tuesday.
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He explained: "Greg pulled up in training late on Thursday and felt his hamstring. We thought it would be okay, but it wasn't.
"That led to an adjustment pretty ;late on in the week with Richard Foster coming in.
"It was not ideal, but he has played on the left for Aberdeen and I could not fault his attitude and application."
Albert Adomah, Brian Howard and Neil Kilkenny all came on as second-half substitutes at Cardiff and pressed their claims for a place in the starting line-up to face Ian Holloway's Eagles.
Explaining his decision to start Adomah on the bench following his return from African Nations Cup duty with Ghana, O'Driscoll said: "Albert had only trained with us for a few days after what was a very good result against Nottingham Forest and we wanted to put him in a position where he could do well.
"It was a case of bringing him on and allowing him to find his feet and get acclimatised to English Championship football. I imagine it is very different from playing in the African Nations Cup."
Liam Kelly and Stephen Pearson made way for Kilkenny and new signing Howard and, with Cole Skuse now fit again after injury, O'Driscoll suddenly has more midfield options open to him.
He said: "Liam Kelly and Stephen Pearson had put a shift in and we have a game on Tuesday. It was a case of getting fresh legs on and giving them a rest more than anything else.
"Cole Skuse has trained and is fine, but we are not in a position where we have to rush him."
Meanwhile, striker Sam Baldock missed the trip to Cardiff after failing to recover from a calf strain in time and is a doubt for the Palace game.