Changes Enforced Due To Ashbee Absence

Last updated : 15 October 2004 By Andy Beill
Photo © Paul Whiteley
Nick Barmby - one of a number of possible returnees (Photo © Paul Whiteley)
Junior Lewis, who started up front last week, is expected to move back into midfield alongside Michael Keane. Marc Joseph is now fully fit and should start the match, taking over the captaincy from Ashbee.

Stuart Elliott - who scored a 94th minute equaliser for Northern Ireland in their 3-3 draw with Austria on Wednesday - returns, probably on left wing. That will leave Stuart Green competing with Jason Price and Ryan France for the place on the opposite flank.

Nick Barmby has recovered from injury and will be back in the reckoning. Taylor may be reluctant to play him from the start though as City also have a midweek game against MK Dons on Wednesday before Saturday's showdown with unbeaten League One leaders Luton Town.

Delroy Facey and Danny Allsopp may also have worked their way back into Taylor's plans, while Jon Walters will be hoping to keep his hotly contested place with Aaron Wilbraham another possibility for Taylor.

While there are options of who to play in attack, choices at the other end of the field are limited. With number 2 Matt Duke out with a back injury and youth team 'keeper Curtis Aspden possibly out for the season after suffering a knee injury in Wednesday's reserve game, Boaz Myhill is the only fit goalkeeper on the club's books. Taylor was hoping to bring someone in on loan in time for the trip to Ashton Gate, but it looks like City will have no goalkeeping substitute for the third match running.

Expected line-up (4-4-2): Myhill; Joseph, Cort, Delaney, Dawson; Green, Lewis, Keane, Elliott; Facey, Barmby.
Subs from: Edge, Thelwell, Hinds, France, Price, Walters, Allsopp, Wilbraham.