Coventry City favourite Liam Walsh is yet to feature for Bristol City during pre-season – and Sky Blues fans are keen to know why.
The 22-year-old midfielder was dubbed ‘Messi’ by his City teammates last term on his way to winning the manager’s player of the season award at the club’s post-season celebration.
But despite the City’s obvious interest in his services, they have been told that Walsh will have a starring role for his parent club this time around following his success in sky blue.
So why has he been left Bristol City’s of their early pre-season friendlies against Cheltenham Town and Swindon?
Walsh has been nursing a “knock” the club have explained that has kept him out of the first-team picture during their Championship preparations.
That nondescript injury has seen him out for a number of weeks but Robins boss Dean Holden was keen to make clear to the media on Saturday evening that he remains in his thoughts and will return once he has shaken off his injury concerns.
Walsh returned to training late last week for individual sessions but will be touch and go for the first competitive game of the season against Exeter City in the Carabao Cup as he looks to return to full-contact training in the coming days.
Sky Blues fans have been keen to see Walsh follow in the footsteps of midfielder Callum O’Hare in making a sensational return to the club this season.
But the youngster is not currently thought to be considered a serious target by Coventry.
Robins is confident that Gustavo Hamer can fill the void left by Walsh, dubbing him as his replacement in City’s midfield.
The club are also looking at other options to boost their midfield depth with talks ongoing with Arsenal over midfielder Ben Sheaf.
There is also serious interest in West Brom man Sam Field along with talk that Manchester United youngster James Garner could be on Robins’ radar.