Bristol City's Louis Carey set to make quick return after receiving good news on injury
BRISTOL City today received a boost with news that Louis Carey's knee injury is not as serious as first thought.
The 36-year-old defender limped out of last Saturday's 2-0 npower Championship defeat at Blackburn Rovers after receiving a painful kick just below the knee in a challenge with Markus Olsson.
City's medical staff feared the Bristolian might have suffered a fracture.
But hospital x-rays have shown there is no break and Carey could even be fit to face Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate this weekend.
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James Wilson deputised for Carey at Ewood Park and will be on standby should the veteran centre-back fail a fitness test.
But midfielders Cole Skuse and Neil Kilkenny are unlikely to recover from injury in time to be considered.
Kilkenny damaged an ankle in last month's 2-1 home win over Ipswich and has not trained since, while Skuse continues to have treatment on the knee he injured in last week's home game against Watford.
Meanwhile, former Middlesbrough centre-back Matthew Bates is still training with City's first team in the hope of earning a new contract.
Bates signed a two-month deal under previous manager Derek McInnes in November and is a free agent.
But new City head coach Sean O'Driscoll is running the rule over the 25-year-old at the club's Failand training headquarters now that he has recovered from a 'flu bug.
Meanwhile, if Bristol City winger Albert Adomah returns from the Africa Cup of Nations with a winner's medal, it will enhance his value in the transfer market.
So says O'Driscoll, who believes Adomah could be worth as much as £4 million when the transfer window re-opens in the summer.
An integral part of the Ghana team that has taken the tournament by storm, Adomah is just two games away from glory in South Africa.
The Black Stars meet West African neighbours Burkina Faso in the second semi-final at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit today - and Ghana are hot favourites to go all the way to Sunday's final, where Mali or Nigeria will lie in wait.
Adomah has started all four of Ghana's games, including last Saturday's quarter-final win over Cape Verde, and his stock is rising with every appearance he makes.
And that is sure to alert Premier League clubs, who can sign players again in June.
City have already rejected two bids from Championship rivals Crystal Palace for the 25-year-old winger, who has 18 months left to run on his Ashton Gate contract.
Adomah has spoken openly of his ambition to play in the top-flight and he seems certain to leave in the summer.
But O'Driscoll reckons City can cash in on their most valuable playing asset if he returns home next week as an Africa Cup of Nations winner.
He said: "If Albert is worth a couple of million pounds now, think what he could be worth if Ghana win the cup.
"If Ghana continue to be successful and we can improve him further after he comes back, he could be worth three or four million pounds.
"We don't want to stand in anybody's way and we want Ghana to do as well as possible.
"Hopefully, Albert's experience of playing in the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana will give him a lot of confidence. That is something that can help the players here when he gets back."