Bristol City v Rotherham United injury news as seven ruled out and six doubts
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Kalas and Williams have not played since both coming off injured in the 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City in early March. Williams was due to be out for the campaign with a hamstring injury whilst Kalas was meant to return after the international break but it is the former that could return first.
Former Wigan Athletic midfielder Williams has finished gym work and is back out on the training ground at the High Performance Centre. He returned to training this week and has an outside chance of returning before the Championship season draws to a close.
Czech Republic international Kalas had a groin problem that affected him for the first part of the campaign and he has been limited to just seven league appearances this season. The club record signing is out-of-contract but if he is unable to prove his fitness then it makes for a tough decision.
Rob Atkinson is on the long road to recovery but will be out from between six to nine months. He is likely to miss the start of next season having undergone an operation for an ACL injury, but has began light work to recover. Ayman Benarous is with Atkinson on the treatment table having suffered a set back with his ACL injury before the New Year.
Kane Wilson was not included in the 18-man squad for a third game in a row. He has played just 10 minutes since recovering from a knee injury in October that kept him out for four months. Omar Taylor-Clarke was on the bench despite playing for the Under-21’s on Monday.
Alex Scott and Tommy Conway are both being eased back in to action after suffering injuries. Conway returned against Reading having been out with a hamstring tendon injury but has mainly been a substitute with a limit on how many minutes. Scott missed three games with a knee ligament injury and featured against Watford and Sheffield United off the bench. Pearson demanded more from his substitutes in the defeat at Bramall Lane which could hint at them having to settle as being substitutes once more.
As for Rotherham, the Millers are sweating on the fitness of Jordan Hugill. He is in a race against time to be fit for the trip to the West Country afte coming off at half-time in the 2-2 draw with Burnley. The Millers could seek dispensation to sign a new goalkeeper after goalkeeper Josh Vickers came off at the break for Robbie Hemfrey. Rotherham are already without Viktor Johansson, who Matt Taylor is hoping returns before the season is out.
Oliver Rathbone and Tyler Blackett are other doubts. Rathbone didn’t make the team in midweek against the Clarets, whilst free agent signing Blackett was also absent. Shane Ferguson underwent an injection to feature in Rotherham’s last match and he will be closely monitored. He had a problem near his stomach area and he has had to play through the pain barrier. Forward Tom Eaves was limited to just one day of training and missed Rotherham’s games with Burnley and Luton, making him a doubt.
Bailey Wright, Conor Washington, Grant Hall and Sean Morrison are all ruled out of the fixture.
Wright, formerly of City has returned to parent club Sunderland because of ankle injury and was seen wearing a protective boot at the Black Cats’ training ground.
Northern Ireland international Washington has missed the last four games and Hall has been out since late February. Former Cardiff defender Morrison made just two appearances for the Millers, but is out for the campaign with a thigh injury.