Bristol City defender Liam Fontaine is a major doubt for the clash with Burnley at Ashton Gate

Fontaine continues to struggle with a long-standing ankle injury and he will make the decision on whether he feels fit enough to play. Damion Stewart is on standby to deputise.

Whether Fontaine makes the match or not, he is set to undergo surgery on the problem next week which will more than likely rule him out for the rest of the season.

Better news for the Robins is midfielder Cole Skuse (toe) and defender Lewis Carey (skull fracture) could be back playing earlier than first thought with both given the go-ahead to start light training and fitness work.

Long-term injury absentees striker Jon Stead (ankle) and full-back Jamie McAllister (rib fracture) have also returned to training.

The shortening of their injury list means boss Keith Millen has lessened his search for a loan player although he is hoping to extend the stay of West Ham defender Jordan Spence, who is set to play the last match of his one-month spell.

Burnley boss Eddie Howe will assess the fitness of midfielder Dean Marney ahead of the trip.

The former Hull man has been an ever-present since Howe took over at Turf Moor but came off during the Clarets' 2-2 draw with Coventry on Tuesday after taking a knock to the knee.

Marney, who has started every one of Howe's 13 games in charge, will be given until the last minute to try and prove his fitness.

Wade Elliott and Marvin Bartley will come into contention for a starting role should Marney not make it.

Strikers Charlie Austin, Steven Thompson and Martin Paterson and midfielder Chris McCann all remain sidelined through injury.

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