No fracture for Bristol City defender Louis Carey
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 currently 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.