Bristol City striker Jon Stead determined to face Wolves in big relegation showdown at Molineux
Jon Stead says he is desperate to lead Bristol City’s attack in Saturday’s crunch relegation showdown against Wolves at Molineux.
A key figure in City’s recent recovery, the In-form striker is a major doubt after limping out of Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough with a groin injury.
He will learn the full extent of the damage after undergoing a hospital scan tomorrow (THURS).
Although Stead says he is sore and acknowledges the possibility that he could be sidelined for some weeks if the scan shows up a muscle tear, he has not yet given up hope of facing fellow strugglers Wolves in a contest that could have a profound influence on the battle to stay in the Championship.
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He said: “I’m a bit sore at the minute. But Saturday is a huge game and I want to be there for it.
“I had a similar injury that I suffered in training earlier this season and was back pretty soon. Hopefully, this will result in the same outcome or better.
“If I do miss Saturday, at least we have the international break straight after. Hopefully I won’t miss too many games because it’s fair to say this is a very important run-in for the club.
“If we continue performing as we have been, I’m sure we’ll be okay.”
Stead was injured when challenging Boro centre-back Stephen McManus and was replaced by Albert Adomah.
He added: “It was during a tackle with (Stephen) McManus and I felt something. I’m disappointed.
“The plan is to let it settle down and have a scan later this week, probably on Thursday. Then we can discover the severity of it, so fingers crossed.”
Target man Ryan Taylor is still recovering from a fractured collar bone and City can ill-afford to lose another striker to injury.
Stead suffered a similar injury earlier in the season and was side-lined for three weeks. He remains a major doubt for Saturday’s crucial relegation showdown against Wolves at Molineux.
City head coach Sean O’Driscoll will be hoping Stead can use the upcoming two-week break for international matches to recover.
A longer spell on the side-lines will raise the prospect of City making use of the emergency loan market before the window closes on Thursday of next week.
But a decent like-for-like replacement will be hard to find at this stage of the season and O’Driscoll will more than likely utilise his existing squad between now and the end of the season.
Sam Baldock has recovered from a calf strain and could partner top-scorer Steven Davies at Wolves, while Adomah made a good fist of being pressed into service as an auxiliary central striker and scored a goal against Boro.