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Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Bristol City and Ipswich Town at Ashton Gate.

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Jamie McAllister is an injury doubt for Bristol City ahead of the opening day.

Usually one of the first names on manager Keith Millen's teamsheet, the Scot damaged his calf in a challenge with West Brom midfielder James Morrison towards the end of City's final pre-season friendly last weekend.

With Damion Stewart also on the treatment table and Christian Ribeiro short of match fitness after his summer preparations were interrupted by a knee injury, Millen has resigned Jordan Spence on a season-long loan.

The West Ham youngster made 11 appearances for City during a two-month stint at Ashton Gate last season and could go straight into the starting XI on Saturday.

Millen is confident goalkeeper Dean Gerken will recover from a groin strain to take his place on the bench and provide cover for David James.

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell has a fully-fit squad.

Despite hitting a wall in his efforts to further strengthen his ranks with a couple of new faces ahead of the clash, Jewell has still enjoyed a busy summer in the transfer market.

Goalkeeper David Stockdale, defenders Ivar Ingimarsson and Aaron Cresswell, midfielder Lee Bowyer, versatile forward Jay Emmanuel-Thomas as well as strikers Michael Chopra and Nathan Ellington are vying to make their debuts.

Jewell admitted earlier this week that, despite wanting to adopt a 4-4-2 formation, he believes the players at his disposal make a 4-1-4-1 system more suitable.

That was the way he set out against Wolves in last weekend's final pre-season outing and could well be the way he sends his team out at Ashton Gate.

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