Nigel Pearson has revealed that Bristol City are likely to be without Kane Wilson until the New Year, in a blow to the defence.
Wilson underwent an operation earlier in the week and said he would be ‘out for a while’. The full length of his injury was not disclosed by the player himself but now more information has come to light.
The 22-year-old jarred his knee in a cameo appearance against Queens Park Rangers after coming off the bench. His injury was worse than initially first thought and he missed the next two matches as a result, but he now looks set for a long spell on the sidelines. Wilson revealed on Tuesday night that he had undergone an operation, which would rule him out for Wednesday’s clash with Preston and for the foreseeable future.
“Four months, something like that,” Pearson said when asked about the injury of the former Forest Green Rovers wing-back.
“I’ve not spoken to him as of yet, so hopefully I will see him tomorrow.”
The former West Brom defender has made six appearances since joining the Robins, but most have been as a substitute. He had two starts in the Carabao Cup wins against Coventry City and Wycombe Wanderers respectively but in the league he has been limited for game time.
Wilson has come off the bench four times, racking up a total of 74 minutes with the most being a 30-minute cameo against Hull City on the final day. The ex-Exeter City defender has also been an unused substitute on five occasions, all games that City had either gone on to win or draw.
City have eight fixtures including seven league matches and a Carabao Cup tie between now and November 13, which is the final fixture before the enforced break for the World Cup. It is a period that would allow Wilson to recover but his return, if it stayed at the four months Pearson hinted at, would see him return in February. In total, he would miss up to about 20 matches, should he return around the February 12 time frame, which is when they play Norwich City at Ashton Gate.
The game’s Kane Wilson could miss
- Millwall (H) - Oct 15
- West Brom (A) - Oct 18
- Reading (A) - Oct 22
- Swansea City (H) - Oct 29
- Sheffield United (H) - Nov 1
- Middlesbrough (A) - Nov 5
- Lincoln City (H) - Nov 8
- Watford (H) - Nov 12
- Stoke City (A) - Dec 10
- Stoke City (H) - Dec 17
- West Brom (H) - Dec 26
- Millwall (A) - Dec 29
- Coventry City (A) - Jan 1
- FA Cup third round - Jan 7
- Birmingham City (H) - Jan 14
- Blackburn Rovers - (H) - Jan 21
- Huddersfield Town (A) - Jan 28
- Preston North End (A) - Feb 4
- Norwich City (H) - Feb 11
Mark Sykes has been the first choice right wing-back this season with no change in formation from the manager. In Sykes absence when he was suspended in August, midfielder Alex Scott reverted back to the role. George Tanner is also available for selection, having had a difficult year with injury last season.
There had been a worry that Andi Weimann had sustained an injury against Preston on Wednesday evening. Nahki Wells, who came on in the 86th minute, was prepared to enter the pitch earlier in the match. Weimann was further assessed and was able to continue on through the entirety of the match.
Pearson said: “We were worried, Andi had got a tight calf but it just turned out to be a knock. You’ve got to be prepared for that. As for his lack of subs, Pearson said: “Change of shape, 5-4-1. I don’t make changes for the sake of it, that’s the thing about it.
“At the weekend we made three changes at half-time because the team needed something. Tonight we had found our feet in the game and we tried to keep it going.”