Bristol City striker Kieran Agard is facing a race against the clock to prove his fitness against of Saturday’s huge Championship clash against Charlton Athletic. The ex-Rotherham man was forced to miss the recent game against Queens Park Rangers with a calf strain.
The 26-year-old is currently receiving treatment for the problem but failed to return to training on Monday, making his involvement in the Ashton Gate encounter as more unlikely than likely. Aaron Wilbraham came into the team in his place against QPR, leaving Simon Cox on the bench in reserve.
Manager Steve Cotterill has told Bristol Post that he isn’t prepared to risk his striker back and is cautious about further damage being the consequence of doing so,
“He pulled a calf right at the end of training on Friday.
It is too early to say and we will have a better idea in another 72 hours. He was nowhere near for the QPR game.
We have to be careful with that (the injury) and we cannot put a timescale on it (the recovery) yet.”
Agard is unfortunately no stranger to injury problems, certainly during his time with the Robins. He suffered a knee injury a few days prior to the start of pre-season training. That subsequently forced him out of action under he made his return in November after having surgery over the summer.
The former Everton youngster has found the net twice so far this season, scoring in the draws against Leeds United and Hull City. Last season he scored 13 goals as he helped Bristol City romp to the League One title.