A debut and possible retirement: how the Bristol City players fared during the international break

The international break can always be a nervous moment for coaches and supporters, fingers crossed, the players will return injury-free.

That is particularly the case for Nigel Pearson with Bristol City heading into the final international break of the season with seven veteran players injured and having to play certain players, such as Cam Pring, out of position to fill gaps.

With eight games remaining in the season, starting with a home game against Reading on Saturday, City will aim to finish in the top half, in no danger of a relegation fight and likely too far out of the playoffs.

The international break came at a good time for the club after back-to-back defeats with City’s threadbare squad put to the test physically and mentally after a hectic run of matches. It’s been a time of recovery for most, although that’s not the case for five veteran players who left to represent their countries.

City also had youngsters and borrowers heading abroad and that’s how it fared for them when attention now turns to the action at the weekend.

nahki wells

The City striker won his 25th cap as Bermuda’s captain in their 2-0 loss against Guyana in the Concacaf Nations League last week. He played 90 minutes but then decided to pull out of their next qualifying match against Haiti this week after confirming that he was considering an international retirement to focus on extending his career at the club.

Wells, who will turn 33 in June, told The Royal Gazette: “I won’t be traveling with the team to play Haiti, so I wish the guys all the best for that game. I’ll reevaluate things as time goes on, but I don’t think I have a definitive answer right now about my future.

“I’m just looking to maybe get away from international football for a bit and see where it takes me. There’s no official retirement yet, but I can’t promise that I’ll play again either.


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