Louis Carey could return to Bristol City`s starting XI when they host Barnsley..

Centre-half Carey has been sidelined with a heel injury but played 90 minutes for the reserves in midweek to prove his fitness.

The game will come too soon for Kalifa Cisse, who is back in training following a thigh problem.

Robins boss Keith Millen told the club's official website: "We still have to be careful with him. He had a number of injury problems at Reading last season and that's why it is important that we don't rush him.

"We'll be looking to give him some match practice next week and then see how far along he is."

Christian Ribeiro (back) could be named in the squad, but Nicky Maynard (knee), Danny Haynes (groin and thigh), Sam Vokes (hamstring), Lewin Nyatanga and James Wilson remain sidelined.

Barnsley are expected to be without Jim O'Brien and Goran Lovre.

O'Brien, a summer signing from Motherwell, has yet to make his debut due to a thigh injury but was hoping to return to full training this week.

Lovre, signed from FC Groningen in June, suffered a whiplash-type injury after being knocked out in the closing stages against Crystal Palace last week.

But manager Mark Robins has been given plenty to think about following the reserves' thumping 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, with Jeronimo Neumann scoring twice and another summer signing, Liam Dickinson, also on the scoresheet.

Winger Martin Devaney and midfielder Jacob Butterfield started on the substitutes' bench against Palace but are also pushing for recalls.

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