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14 Agustus 2008

Ribeiro To Miss 12 Months Of Action

Promising defender Christian Ribeiro made his first team debut for Bristol City in Tuesday evening’s Carling Cup First Round game against League One side Peterborough. However, it was an unfortunate start to the youngster’s career as he suffered a terrible injury in the 26th minute.

It did not look good when the player went to ground and the news that damage has been done to his anterior cruciate ligament will be a big blow for the young starlet. Now he faces up to, and possibly longer than, 12 months on the sidelines.

The Welshman, who normally operates at full back, is only 18. It is hoped, then, that he can make a full recovery and go on to enjoy a successful career. He has already attracted the attention of Premier League giants Everton.

Despite the injury to Ribeiro, City went on to win the game against Peterborough 2-1. They now face Crewe Alexandra in the Carling Cup Second Round, news that will alert Robins striker Nicky Maynard.

Maynard signed for City from Crewe this summer for a club record £2.25million. The forward scored 32 goals in 59 appearances for the Railwaymen becoming something of a fans favourite. Now he will return to Gresty Road, where he should receive a good reception from Crewe fans, looking to add to his Bristol City tally.