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Nahki Wells looking forward to working with new manager

Nahki Wells (File photograph courtesy of Bristol City)

Nahki Wells says he is looking forward to playing under new Bristol City manager Liam Manning on his return from injury.

Manning was appointed to the position after Nigel Pearson was sacked on October 28 but has yet to see Wells in action after the Bermuda forward suffered a serious ankle injury in City’s 2-1 defeat at Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship three weeks earlier.

“I haven’t had a chance to work with him but have had numerous conversations with him and been in all the meetings and match prep,” Wells told The Royal Gazette.

“I am quite keen to work with him. His attention to detail and the way he wants to play is very attractive. Good football, solid shape off the ball and it’s shown since he’s been in.

“We’re really pleased and impressed with what he’s had to offer with the innovation in terms of the sessions, and his ideas, principles and philosophies all align with modern-day coaching and the way he wants the game to be played.”

The 33-year-old striker was off to a decent start to the season after scoring three goals in thirteen appearances in all competitions before his misfortune left him facing a long journey back to fitness.

“It’s been six years without really any injury or anything that’s kept me off the pitch, so it’s been frustrating and difficult,” Wells added.

“A lot of hard work and time in the gym just gives you a different perspective on how grateful it is to be out there because it’s a bit daunting just working every day on the gym and taking it step by step. It’s a slow process of getting back fit but like anything in life, time goes by and we’re pretty much where we want to be.

“It was a severe injury so it was probably a little bit underestimated at the time but it turned out to be probably more severe than we first feared and what the scan initially showed. I just have to take it step by step and let my body heal at its own rate.”

Wells has resumed training outdoors with the physiotherapist and hopes to rejoin his team-mates on the pitch in the near future.

“I am guessing it would be two weeks or one full week with the physiotherapist and another full week with the group probably before being integrated back within the squad and available for selection,” he said.

“I would say I am looking at another two and a half weeks then I should be available for selection to the match day squad.”

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Published December 07, 2023 at 7:57 am (Updated December 11, 2023 at 3:57 pm)

Nahki Wells looking forward to working with new manager

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