The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

THERE’S lit­tle more frus­trat­ing for a foot­baller than sit­ting on the side­lines in­jured, but Bris­tol City boss Lee John­son is adamant Tammy Abra­ham’s month out will have done the young­ster good.

Chelsea loa­nee Abra­ham has been back at his par­ent club for the past four weeks for treat­ment on a thigh.

Be­fore the in­jury, how­ever, the 19-year-old striker was in su­perb form – net­ting 21 times in all com­pe­ti­tions – and John­son is rel­ish­ing having him back fol­low­ing his re­turn to train­ing on Thurs­day.

“He’s been out for just un­der a month, so we will have to see how he is, but he’s like a jack in the box at the mo­ment.

“He’s champ­ing at the bit to get back out there,” said John­son.

“As a young player, he prob­a­bly could have done with the rest men­tally.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to having him back in the build­ing – it’s a mas­sive boost for us.

“His en­thu­si­asm is in­fec­tious and, on the pitch, his goalscor­ing has been great for us.

“He’s the third top scorer in the league, he’s a threat and he’s dan­ger­ous.

“There are times when it would have been ideal to rest him, but we’ve had to rely on him.

“He’s had time to go away and think about things, and I know he’ll be frus­trated be­cause he wants to help the team.”

Abra­ham has taken to the Championship with ease and, while he ad­mits the loan has been a fan­tas­tic learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, he is also quick to credit pre­sea­son with Chelsea for his suc­cess.

“Be­ing in­volved with the first-team at Chelsea dur­ing the sum­mer gave me a lot of con­fi­dence go­ing into the sea­son,” ex­plained Abra­ham.

“I just knew I had to do a job at Bris­tol City, which was to go there and perform, and that’s what I’ve been do­ing.”

BREAK: Tammy Abra­ham

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