Nigel Pearson provides Bristol City injury update as duo forced off against Cardiff

Joe Williams was forced off with a hamstring problem. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)Joe Williams was forced off with a hamstring problem. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Joe Williams was forced off with a hamstring problem. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
The Robins had a double-whammy of a Severnside Derby defeat to Cardiff - as well as two injuries

Nigel Pearson has revealed that Joe Williams will undergo a scan later today after he and his Bristol City teammate were forced of with injury against Cardiff City.

The Robins fell to a 2-0 defeat to the Bluebirds, and to make matters worse, they lost two of their key players, which is sure to stretch the thin-squad. In the build-up to City's best attack of the match, in which Alex Scott was denied on the line and Anis Mehmeti's rebound was blocked, Williams pulled up with a hamstring problem. Williams raised his hand and immediately called to be brought off with Andi Weimann replacing him.

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It's a short-turn around for City and their next match, with a rearranged fixture against Neil Warnock's Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night at the John Smith's Stadium. The extent of Williams' injury will become clearer tonight, but it is a slightly better picture for the Czech Republic international Kalas.

"Joe will have a scan later on this afternoon," said Pearson who was asked what was the latest regarding both Kalas and Williams, with the team sweating on their fitness.

"At the moment, he's surprisingly calm, but obviously very disappointed. I think the midfield for us over the last couple of months as a unit have been outstanding.

"It's still the area of the pitch we get a lot of control from and I thought even today, in a performance it was tough, they still tried to drive the team forward. It was a difficult day for us in that regard."

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Kalas, only several matches in to his return after a long spell on the sidelines, was also replaced with Jay Dasilva replacing him. Cameron Pring moved from left-back to centre-back and Dasilva tucked in on the left.

If Kalas were to be injured it would represent a major blow, given Rob Atkinson was recently ruled out with a season-ending injury. Zak Vyner is now the only fully-fit available centre-back at the club, but it is unlikely that they would dip their toes in to the free agent market to replace him.

He said: "Tomas we will just have to see how it is over the next couple of days. Tomas is a knee injury and Joe's is a hamstring. It's costly today as well."

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