Bristol City resume their Championship season as they play Rotherham United at the New York Stadium. There has been a 28-day gap between their last match which was a goalless draw with Watford.
The Robins play Matt Taylor’s side in an early kick-off, with both clubs agreeing to an earlier time, to allow for fans to take in England’s World Cup quarter-final clash with holders France.
The break in play has allowed for injured players to recover from their injuries, with only one player from both clubs playing at the tournament. Antoine Semenyo came on as a substitute twice for Ghana, but they were eliminated at the group stage.
Here is the latest situation for both City and Rotherham on the injury front and who will be available.
Bristol City injury news
It was revealed earlier this week that Ayman Benarous suffered a major setback in his recovery. Benarous had suffered an ACL injury in May, and was making a positive recovery but has ruptured his knee, which has ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
Another player on the sidelines is Kane Wilson, who was ruled out until the New Year. Wilson jarred his knee in a substitute appearance against Queens Park Rangers and required surgery.
Despite a period to allow for recovery, Rotherham will come too soon for a return for Tomas Kalas. The Czech Republic defender returned from an injury but after two substitute appearances, he was back on the treatment table. Pearson admitted that he’d hope to see Kalas before the Christmas break, with their Boxing Day clash against West Bromwich Albion a possibility.
Despite picking up a niggling injury whilst on international duty for Austria, there is no doubt on Andi Weiman’s availability. Kal Naismith should be available for selection too, having been out with a calf injury, which kept him sidelined from the early part of October. Semenyo is back from his World Cup following his involvement with Ghana, and is available for selection.
George Tanner is also back after serving a three-game suspension. He was red carded against Sheffield United and missed their run-in before the pause for the World Cup.
Rotherham United injury news
Peter Kioso is unavailable for Rotherham and is likely to be done for 2022. He has an ankle problem that he sustained against Luton Town and the damage was enough to rule him out for Christmas and maybe the New Year.
There is illness going around the Millers camp, which could make Matt Taylor consider his players for availability right before kick-off. He believes that the players he has for selection is the ‘strongest’ to date.
A hamstring injury for Georgie Kelly makes him doubtful for the match. Kelly did not feature in a warm weather training camp match and will be touch-and-go for a return. Jamie McCart, Tolaji Bola, Grant Hall and Shane Ferguson have all had spells on the sidelines, but are expected to play a part.