Bristol City goalkeeper Frank Fielding has been ruled out of action for the remainder of the current campaign according to the Bristol Post.
The 28 year old former England Under 21 international suffered an ankle injury when playing for The Robins’ development side earlier this week and has severely damaged ligaments although it is hoped that the keeper has not sustained a fracture.
Fielding played an important part in Bristol City’s promotion winning season last season as The Robins romped to the League 1 title but the Blackburn born stopper has suffered with a catalogue of injury problems this season.
Experienced keeper Richard O’Donnell was drafted in to provide cover on a loan deal from Wigan Athletic in January and the deal was made permanent on transfer deadline day after Bristol City paid an undisclosed fee for the former Walsall man’s services. O’Donnell signed a two and a half year deal at Ashton Gate.
With Fielding ruled out for the rest of the season, Bristol City have made the decision to recall youngster Max O’Leary from his loan spell at Conference Premier side Kidderminster Harriers. O’Leary is a graduate of The Robins’ youth team set up and the player made his debut for the club as a substitute in an FA Cup Third Round tie at West Bromwich Albion in January.