Alex Scott injury update as expected Bristol City return date revealed

Bristol City had a £25m man missing in their season opener with Preston - and now Nigel Pearson has explained why.
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Nigel Pearson has revealed that Alex Scott’s knock in training is serious, after the Bristol City star missed their opening day clash with Preston.

The 19-year-old - subject to intense transfer speculation this summer - did not make the 20-man match-day squad at Ashton Gate. It was mentioned by Pearson that the teenager has sustained a knock in training and would be assessed, and the coaching staff took the decision not to aggrevate his injury with an appearance against the Lilywhites.

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He is also expected to miss City’s midweek clash with Oxford United on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup, but should return for their trip to Millwall.

"We've had him checked out and everything is fine," he said in an interview with BBC Radio Bristol ahead of kick-off.

"I would possibly expect him to be available for next week, not the midweek game but the Millwall game. Hopefully that goes to plan."

In Scott’s absence, club captain Andi Weimann started in his place, with Jason Knight making his competitive debut alongside Matty James in a midfield three. It went from bad to worse for City though for injuries, as Weimann had to be replaced just 22 minutes in by Joe Williams.

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Rob Dickie made his first start for the club alongside Zak Vyner, whilst fellow summer signing Haydon Roberts was named on the bench.

Bristol City could not call upon Rob Atkinson, Kal Naismith, Ayman Benarous or summer arrival Ross McCrorie today either. Atkinson and Benarous are still recovering from ACL injuries, though Benarous is closer to a return after appearing for 45 minutes in a behind-closed doors friendly in midweek. Naismith is nearing a return, but there is no date on when McCorie will make his bow for the Robins.

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