Bristol City v Plymouth Argyle injury news as six ruled out and three doubts

Latest injury and team news ahead of Bristol City vs Plymouth Argyle in the EFL Championship.
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Bristol City hope to maintain their unbeaten run when they welcome Plymouth Argyle to Ashton Gate on Tuesday night (September 19, 7.45 pm ko).

The Robins drew 0-0 with West Brom on Saturday and had their chances to win the game but couldn’t find that goal they had been searching for. The Pilgrims meanwhile suffered a 2-1 defeat to early Championship pace setters Preston North End.

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Below is the injury and team news for both Bristol City and Plymouth Argyle ahead of their clash under the floodlights in Bristol.

Bristol City team news

Nigel Pearson revealed to the Bristol Post that Andi Weimann is set to return to action on Tuesday night, but will be closely monitored. He has been dealing with a heel injury that has forced him off in the two games he's featured in this season, including a quick withdrawal against Hull City. The Austrian should make the match-day squad and provide depth in the central attacking midfield area.

Ayman Benarous is to resume training in October after suffering a setback in his recovery from two consecutive ACL injuries. Benarous had made a few appearances for the under-21’s team but suffered a slight knock which has ruled him out until next month.

Rob Atkinson is another player sidelined having suffered an ACL injury back in February in the defeat against Sunderland. The centre-back should resume training in November, and push for a return to action before the end of the New Year.

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Summer signing Ross McCrorie meanwhile is out until at least the New Year, having needed surgery to address an issue that he suffered in pre-season. McCrorie has yet to make his competitive debut for the club.

Last season’s top scorer Tommy Conway is out after suffering a hamstring injury in August. His injury is fortunately on the other leg to the one that saw him ruled out for three months in January 2023, but it is still a blow for a player that had high hopes for the season.

Taylor Gardner-Hickman is back available for selection after sitting out of the goalless draw with West Brom. He was unavailable for selection after being ineligible with the Baggies being his parent club, he could either slot in at right-back or in midfield.

Midfielder Joe Williams meanwhile could be a doubt, or at least limited to a place amongst the substitutes bench with some enforced rotation. He is not carrying a knock but has had a history of hamstring injuries, and so working his load could reduce the chance of him sustaining an injury.

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Out: Ayman Benarous, Rob Atkinson, Ross McCrorie and, Tommy Conway. Doubtful: Joe Williams.

Plymouth Argyle team news

Mustapha Bundu is pushing to be a part of Plymouth's match-day squad for the first time after his deadline day move from Anderlecht. No concerns came from their training session however with it being a three-game week, Steven Schumacher could make changes to his side, and that could include giving Bundu a place in the match-day squad, having missed out against Preston at the weekend.

Bundu arrived in England last Wednesday after being granted a work permit, but had a limited amount of training time. The 26-year-old looked 'sharp' in training and could be unleashed against the Robins, with a decision made on his inclusion over the next coming hours on Monday.

Brendan Galloway is a doubt for Plymouth after suffering an injury at the end of last season. He has returned to training but has yet to make a match-day squad. Left-back Saxon Earley is also out having required surgery on his ankle for an injury he sustained last month.

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Goalkeeper Michael Cooper has began training again but it will still be a considerable amount of time until he is fully back in contention. He ruptured his ACL in February, and in his absence former Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard has been signed in his place.

Doubtful: Mustapha Bundu and Brendan Galloway. Out: Michael Cooper and Saxon Earley.

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