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Bristol City V Leeds at Ashton Gate : Match Preview
Published : 03 Feb 2012 09:01:19
Carey banned for Robins
Bristol City will be be without the suspended Louis Carey for the weekend clash with Leeds in the npower Championship.
Veteran centre-back Carey was dismissed during the Robins' 1-0 defeat at Reading last time out for "denying a goalscoring opportunity" and, after City decided not to appeal the decision, will serve a one-match ban.
However, manager Derek McInnes has been buoyed by the return to training of Marvin Elliott and Liam Fontaine.
Midfielder Elliott had been struggling with the hamstring injury he picked up during the 1-0 victory over Millwall at Ashton Gate on January 3, while defender Fontaine has recovered from a knee injury, and both could feature on Saturday.
Striker David Clarkson will not be involved, however, after picking up an ankle fracture which will keep him out for the rest of the season.
On-loan forward Chris Wood will continue to lead the line following the sale of Nicky Maynard to West Ham on deadline day.
Leeds could hand debuts to both Adam Smith and Robbie Rogers as caretaker-manager Neil Redfearn takes charge of his first game.
USA international winger Rogers, a recent signing following his release from Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew, has had to wait for his first appearance due to delays over paperwork, while Tottenham defender Smith, a deadline day loan signing, is also in contention.
Redfearn, installed as temporary boss after Simon Grayson was sacked on Wednesday, has no new injury or suspension worries, but may want to add some experience to his back four following the heavy midweek home defeat to Birmingham.
Left-sided defender/midfielder Danny Pugh and centre-half Alex Bruce, both unused substitutes on Tuesday night, could be recalled to the starting line-up.
Paddy Kisnorbo remains sidelined with a season-ending knee injury, while Andy O'Brien has only this week returned to training following a bout of depression.
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