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Thursday, October 12, 2023
Wells Fitted with a Protective Boot for Rehab

Bristol City are continuing to monitor veteran frontman Nahki Wells following the striker's withdrawal at Leeds United, Wells has made 13 appearances this season.

Bristol City are confident Nahki Wells’ absence won’t be an extended one after the striker sustained an ankle injury during last weekend’s 2-1 loss at Leeds United, Bristol Live understands.

There was concern when Wells left the field in the 30th minute after a challenge with Leeds captain Pascal Struijk in which the defender accidentally fell onto the City’s striker’s ankle. The Bermudian needed assistance from a physio both to leave the pitch and then make the walk around the Elland Road pitch before returning to the dressing room.

Nigel Pearson admitted after the game that the mere fact Wells had to come off was reason for concern given the 33-year-old’s durability and insistence at often playing through pain.

After undergoing a scan earlier this week, Wells has been fitted with a protective boot for his rehab and will be subject to further assessment next week but the hope is he’ll be out for weeks rather than anything longer and more significant, depending how he responds to treatment.

It's reasonable to forecast that he will miss the remainder of the month, with games against Coventry City, Ipswich Town and Cardiff City to close out October when the Championship returns following the international break, and then possibly some fixtures in November.

Pearson would undoubtedly ideally like to have the veteran in his squad for those matches, with Wells having scored three goals in 13 matches across all competitions, but there is a degree of good timing about the situation given his absence coincides with Tommy Conway’s return to fitness.
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