Leeds United’s hosts for Sunday’s Championship opener will be without a trio of players and a question mark hangs over a fourth.
Bristol City held an open training session today and Lee Johnson spoke to local media to reveal the current injury situation.
According to Johnson, goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa is ‘managing’ a calf problem but will not be fit to face the Whites on Sunday.
Maenpaa played 27 games last season, including his side’s 2-0 defeat at Elland Road.
He’ll be joined on the sidelines by midfielder Korey Smith, who is out until at least December or January.
Smith returned from a seven month layoff due to a knee injury in April, only to pick up a foot problem against Reading on Good Friday.
And teenage striker Saikou Janneh, who was part of Johnson’s pre-season plans, has had a knee operation and will miss four months of action – although he was scheduled to spend time away from Ashton Gate on loan this season.
The injury has forced the cancellation of a temporary move to Doncaster Rovers.
Australian international defender Bailey Wright has also picked up a knock but Bristol City hope he’ll be able to train before the end of this week.
The club captain made a comeback from injury in January of this year, after being plagued by a thigh problem and being forced to sit out the 2018 World Cup.