Bell fears further setback
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bristol City right back Mickey Bell is facing more time out with a knee injury.Bristol City right back Mickey Bell fears he will be sidelined for up three months with persistent knee ligament problems.
The 32-year-old, who signed a one-year contract extension with The Robins in the summer, has been struggling to overcome the injury he suffered in the club's final match of last season to Blackpool.
The injury forced him to miss last season's play-offs and despite making a substitute appearance this term against West Country rivals Swindon Town last month, Bell has been sidelined ever since.
The defender now faces more rehabilitation to sort out his damaged knee ligament - much to the frustration of the former Wycombe Wanderers and Northampton Town player.
"I'm really frustrated. The knee shows a thickening of a ligament, which I am now advised can only be reduced by friction and treatment over a long period," Bell told the club's official website.
"I'm told it could be a two or three-month job, which is hugely disappointing in a very important season for me.
"I tried hard to get fit for the play-off final last season, which in hindsight might not have been the best thing to do. As things stand, I am back to square one."
The news will a setback to player-manager Brian Tinnion, who may be in the market for a new right back.