The Bristol Post reports that first choice Bristol City goalkeeper Frank Fielding suffered an injury during the recent friendly against Shrewsbury Town. The 30-year-old has supposedly been spotted ‘hobbling’ into hospital, and the club may have to quicken up their search for a new goalie.

Whilst Lee Johnson also has the highly-rated Max O’Leary also in reserve at Ashton Gate, he is vastly inexperienced at this level. The club therefore may look into the transfer market to find another keeper that can comfortably don the gloves if required. It still remains to be seen how seriously injured Fielding is.

At this stage, Fielding has only sustained a ‘knock’, but the apparent hospital visit has led to some concern in some quarters. Fielding has been on the books at City since joining in 2013. He helped the club win promotion into this level and also sustained their spot in this division too. He has featured over 150 times for the Robins.

Bristol City have already been linked with another goalkeeper already. Tim Krul has been touted as a potential transfer target. The Dutch international was well down the pecking order at the American Express Community Stadium with his now former club Brighton & Hove Albion. Other clubs are likely to be in the market for the former Newcastle United stopper too however, especially now he is a free agent.

Bristol City are next back in pre-season action next Friday night when Premier League AFC Bournemouth are the visitors. This is their final friendly match before starting the Sky Bet Championship campaign at home to Nottingham Forest on August 4th.

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