Dominic Samuel is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury picked up in the 2-2 draw with Reading.

Samuel hasn’t suffered a rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament, but the 24-year-old is set to go under the knife to repair the damage to his knee.

Manager Tony Mowbray revealed the forward will now miss the rest of the season in a blow to both the player and club.

“It is not positive news on Dominic, he will have to have a repair of his ACL,” the boss said.

“It was a strange one really, there was slight damage but the course of action that’s been decided for everybody is to treat it like you would a normal repair of an ACL rather than let it heal.

“We’re all very disappointed, very disappointed for Dominic, disappointed for the club, and he will probably miss the rest of the season now.”

Samuel scored eight times last season and had worked hard during the close season, working with a personal trainer, in a bid to improve his physical attributes.

On his approach to Samuel's injury, Mowbray added: “You try and create the positives, particularly for a young player like Dominic.

“You have to try and look beyond the injury and see it as a pivotal point of his career where he looks back and thinks when he came back his focus changed and the things he concentrates on is his football.

“I’m sure he will come back stronger and with a different focus and attention to detail to what he needs to do and how much extra work he does to do what he does.

“He has all the attributes, he’s here because he’s fast and direct, he can individually run past people, he just needs to focus on his job and his talent will take care of itself.

“I think injuries can focus the brain on what is required.”

Mowbray was coy on his team news ahead of the trip to Bristol City, but said there was a possibility that Bradley Dack (knee), Adam Armstrong (ankle) or Derrick Williams (foot) could return for the trip to Ashton Gate.