Bristol City star Neil Kilkenny fit and in line for recall to face Cardiff
Neil Kilkenny could make a surprise return to action for Bristol City at Cardiff on Saturday after making a quicker-than-expected recovery from injury.
The Australia international midfielder was expected to be sidelined until the end of this month after damaging his ankle in a 2-1 home win over Ipswich Town on January 26.
But the former Leeds United man returned to training today and came through a full session with the rest of City's first team squad at the club's Failand headquarters.
And Robins head coach Sean O'Driscoll expects Kilkenny to be available for Saturday's Severnside derby clash against the runaway Championship leaders at the Cardiff City Stadium.
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But captain Cole Skuse and veteran central defender Louis Carey are unlikely to be risked as they continue their recover from knee injuries, while striker Sam Baldock will undergo a late check on his strained calf.
O'Driscoll told The Post: "Neil Kilkenny has trained today and seems to be fine.
"Cole is a maybe. He has trained this week and been a bit sore, so we have left him off.
"With Albert (Adomah) back, we don't really have to rush anybody.
"Louis Carey is a no, but Sam Baldock will train tomorrow.
"There is a situation with Sam where he feels okay but, when we get him out training on the grass, things go a bit pear-shaped. We've held him back a bit in the week and we'll have a look at him tomorrow."