Alex Scott scares Bristol City injury ahead of Reading during the England Under-20 draw

Alex Scott has given Bristol City an injury scare ahead of Saturday’s Championship game with Reading after going off injured in the 83rd minute of England’s Under-20 1-1 draw with France in Marbella.

The Robins midfielder was involved in a heavy collision with his opponent while trying to block a shot inside his own box. He fell clutching his right leg and looked uncomfortably as physical therapists came over to treat him.

After a brief moment, Scott limped to the edge of the field, eventually returning to the game as play continued. He charged for about two minutes, but he didn’t move freely, often clutching his leg before deciding to hit the ground when the ball was out of play.

The physio was back on the pitch, but manager Ian Foster was taking no further chances and replaced him on the spot for the remaining seven minutes of the hard-fought match. As the final whistle blew, Scott walked across the field to return to the locker room.

Hopefully, given City’s injury crisis before the international break in which seven veteran players were sidelined, it’s nothing serious, but Nigel Pearson can face an anxious 48 hours before determining the severity of the problem. It was Scott’s third game during the international break, as he started two and came on as a late substitute in a 4-2 win over the USA.

He has been an ever present at City this season and only Zak Vyner has earned more minutes in the league. Scott has started 37 of the 38 championship games, recently moving into a more advanced midfield role to help support the forward line with the ability to carry the ball upfield.

His injury threatened to mar what was another accomplished individual performance. Scott played midfield two alongside talented Chelsea star Carney Chukwuemeka, the pivotal pairing to England’s success at the Under-19 EURO last summer.

Scott’s first half was a very typical Scott performance. No player in the Championship has won more free kicks this season and in the first half alone he won five, drawing his French opponents to him and waiting for the challenge before falling to the ground.


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