Bristol City skipper Cole Skuse out of Barnsley clash after injury setback
Bristol City skipper Cole Skuse has suffered a setback in training and will miss Saturday’s crucial npower Championship relegation showdown with Barnsley at Ashton Gate.
And central defender Louis Carey and striker Sam Baldock have also lost their race to be fit for a game City have to win if they are to exit the bottom three any time soon.
But right-back Brendan Moloney could still play a part, even though he limped out of Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace with a sore hamstring.
The loss of influential midfielder Skuse is a blow, particularly as he had been making good progress in his recovery from a knee injury sustained in last month’s 2-0 home win over Watford.
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Having returned to light training last weekend, the Bristolian had hoped to be available for Saturday’s game, only to suffer a setback at City’s Failand training headquarters today.
Robins head coach Sean O’Driscoll revealed: “Cole volleyed a ball in training and hyper-extended his knee. He is not going to be available.”
He added: “Louis Carey has just got back to running and is not ready to join in with full contact work.
“Sam cannot shake-off his calf injury, which is a shame. We’re hoping it will go as quickly as it came.”
But Moloney could still make the starting line-up and O’Driscoll explained: “His hamstring is no better and no worse than it was on Tuesday.
“Given that he was up against two quick wingers at Palace, he did not want to let anybody down.
“The fact it has not become any worse means he will be in a better frame of mind psychologically to try it again.”