Bristol City have an injury concern over Marvin Elliott ahead of Preston's trip to Ashton Gate.

The former Millwall midfielder was nursing what was thought to be a hamstring injury at the end of the Robins' 1-1 FA Cup draw with Cardiff on Tuesday night, but medical checks revealed he has damaged a nerve leading to his back.

Elliott sat out training on Thursday and is rated as 50/50 to face Darren Ferguson's side, but boss Gary Johnson is hopeful he will be passed fit.

Wales defender Lewin Nyatanga is back in contention after serving a one-match suspension and Johnson must decide whether to restore him to the start line-up or keep faith with Liam Fontaine.

Costa Rica striker Alvaro Saborio will be hoping to get the nod to start after replacing David Clarkson at half-time against the Bluebirds.

New Preston boss Ferguson makes his bow without the services of winger Paul Parry.

The former Cardiff player faces around a month on the sidelines with a knee problem. The 29-year-old first showed signs of the complaint when he was substituted during the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United at the end of December.

French centre-half Youl Mawene (knee ligaments) and midfielder Barry Nicholson (broken leg) remain sidelined.

However, Mawene is making steady progress after suffering knee ligament damage during the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle in November.

Ferguson, meanwhile, insists he will give his players opportunities to impress before looking to bring in new faces.

Ferguson, who left Peterborough earlier this season, was last week appointed manager on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

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