Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll wants to bolster squad with emergency loans
Bristol City head coach Sean O’Driscoll will seek to bolster his squad when the window for emergency loans reopens on Friday.
O’Driscoll has made just one permanent addition to his squad since succeeding Derek McInnes last month, recruiting right-back Brendan Moloney on a free transfer from Nottingham Forest.
Having stayed his hand while the January transfer window was open, the 55-year-old Midlander is now expected to move quickly to supplement a squad that has been weakened by injury to key players.
And a right-sided centre-half is a priority after veteran defender Louis Carey sustained a knee injury in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.
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Although the Bristolian’s injury is not as serious as first feared, he remains a doubt for Saturday’s npower Championship clash with Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate.
Stephen McManus has returned to Middlesbrough, Matthew Bates is out of contract and, if Carey fails to recover in time, James Wilson will be the only right-sided centre-back available to O’Driscoll.
Wilson replaced the injured Carey at Ewood Park last Saturday and was at fault for Blackburn’s second goal, scored by Jordan Rhodes.
O’Driscoll has already confirmed his intention to do business in the loan window and he is scouring the market for a dominant central defender.
An alternative option might be to offer Bates another short-term deal to provide vital cover. The former Middlesbrough defender only recovered from a flu bug a week ago, since when O’Driscoll has been assessing him in training.
Alternatively, City’s head coach could field Lewin Nyatanga alongside Liam Nyatanga at the heart of the back four this weekend. But both are left-footed and O’Driscoll will want to avoid unbalancing a defence that has kept just one clean sheet all season.