Bristol City veteran Louis Carey in race against time to face Barnsley
Bristol City captain Louis Carey has been given the go-ahead to resume training and could make a surprise return to action in Saturday’s npower Championship clash against relegation rivals Barnsley at Ashton Gate.
Sidelined since suffering a knee injury in a 2-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers on February 2, the 36-year-old central defender has missed games against Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace.
But the medics say there is no serious damage and have told Robins head coach Sean O’Driscoll that Carey can train again.
Selected by O’Driscoll for each of his first four games in charge, the Bristolian has an outside chance of being available to face Barnsley, providing he suffers no adverse reaction.
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O’Driscoll confirmed: “Louis will get back on the grass before the end of the week and we’ve been told to push him on as quickly as we can.
“It will be determined by the player himself and the level of discomfort.
“We’ve been told there is nothing going on in there and it is nothing more than a bang on the knee.”
Midfielder Cole Skuse could also be available after making good progress this week in his recovery from a knee injury sustained in last month’s 2-0 home win over Watford.
But striker Sam Baldock is still troubled by a calf strain and remains a major doubt.
O’Driscoll said: “Cole has been running since the weekend and we are aiming to get him back into training by the end of this week.
“Sam is struggling with his calf still and we cannot get to the bottom of it. He can do a lot of things, but running is the problem.”