By Danny Wright

18th Oct, 2017 | 6:00pm

Midfield mainstay suffers injury blow ahead of Leeds clash v Bristol City - confirmed

By Danny Wright

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has confirmed that midfielder Korey Smith has suffered an injury blow ahead of his side’s clash with Leeds United at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

Smith, 26, had played every minute of the Championship season before he was forced out of Friday night’s 0-0 draw with Burton with a hamstring injury.

Johnson has announced that after undergoing a scan, fears of Smith being dealt with a torn hamstring have been allayed although he has suffered a setback which could potentially rule him out of Saturday’s match against Leeds.

“Korey Smith has an impingement in his hamstring but the scan was very positive. There is no tear,” said Johnson, as quoted by Bristol City’s official Twitter account in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday.

Smith has been a mainstay of the Bristol City midfield this term, making 15 appearances across all competitions and starting every Championship fixture.

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If he was to be ruled out of the match against Leeds this weekend, he will no doubt be a massive miss to Johnson, who handed the ex-Norwich ace the captain’s armband in the 1-0 win against Reading last month.

City are currently above Leeds in the Championship standings after Thomas Christiansen’s side suffered a shocking run of form after reaching the summit of the table.

A win for the Whites this weekend will see them move above Bristol City and potentially see them rise up to fourth if other results go their way.

In other Leeds United news, Pontus Jansson has made a brutally honest admission about his form for the Whites.

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