Bristol City summer signing near to making long-awaited debut after injury

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The French shot stopper is close to being in contention for his Bristol City teammate

Stefan Bajic is close to coming into the first-team picture for Bristol City after he made a recovery from his injury.

Bajic was the last summer signing that the Robins made, which came on July 5, but he has yet to make his debut.

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The 20-year-old joined on a free transfer from French second tier outfit Pau following a short stint after leaving Saint Etienne.

He arrived at Ashton Gate with a wrist injury in which he underwent surgery for, which has stopped him from making his debut.

It has meant that Max O’Leary, who was tipped for a loan move this summer, has had to stay to provide cover for first-choice goalkeeper and captain Daniel Bentley.

Bajic was amongst the travelling contingent for the 3-2 win at Ewood Park last Saturday but was not named in the match day squad, but did assist with drills with Bentley and O’Leary.

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Now first-team boss Nigel Pearson has revealed that he could make an appearance for the Under-21’s in the coming weeks.

Speaking to Robins TV, Pearson said “Hopefully in the next couple of weeks. He has had the type of injury which you have to be a bit careful with.

“It was good to include him in the trip to Blackburn just so he can experience what it is like to be with his teammates. He’s a good lad as well, a hard worker.

“The answer to that is in the next few weeks, I think once he is up and running, it brings more competition to an area of the side that we already have good competition.”

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Ayman Benarous is another long-term absentee after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury towards the end of the last season.

As he trained for their final game of the 2021/22 season, he got injured in a training session which has seen him miss the start of the current campaign.

Benarous is making a good recovery and is pushing hard to be in contention by the end of the year.

There is no rush on Pearson’s part however to bring him back into the first-team with his recovery the most important thing, as they hope to avoid aggravating it by bringing him back too soon.

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He said: “Ayman will be because it is an ACL, he’s doing great actually in terms of his recovery.

You can’t rush these things and he will be, if we say somewhere around Christmas time then that builds him a bit of a buffer for him and if it is earlier great, but I don’t expect it to be.”

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