Nigel Pearson has confirmed that midfield playmaker Jamie Paterson has been ruled out for the rest of the season, after he was forced to have surgery on a groin injury he picked up in February.
The injury means Paterson, who is out of contract in the summer, will have made just one appearance during Pearson’s tenure – an eight minute cameo performance away to Middlesbrough.
The 29-year-old midfielder was signed from Nottingham Forest back in August 2016 and has gone on to make 144 appearances for the Robins, becoming an important player under Pearson’s predecessor Dean Holden.
The untimely injury means Paterson won’t be afforded the opportunity to show Pearson what he is capable of.
However, Pearson has made it known that contract discussions have taken place.
One thing that could be a stumbling block in terms of a contract extension is wages.
Speaking generally about transfers and the summer market, Pearson said: “I can’t, for instance, see huge amounts of money being spent on players. And even players who are out of contract could find themselves in a pretty different scenario to what they would normally be.”
Paterson is Bristol City’s second-longest serving player, and also likely to be one of the club’s highest earners. Given the current financial situation many clubs find themselves in, he will no doubt be expected to take a significant pay cut. The fact that he is turning 30 this year and coming off the back of an injury riddled season won’t help his cause when it comes to negotiations.
If another club were to come to the table with a more lucrative offer, it may well be that we have seen the last of Jamie Paterson in the red and white of Bristol City.