ROBINS JOY AS TAMMY RETURNS TO NEST
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.”
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