Bradford v AFC Wimbledon preview

Date published: Friday 24th August 2012 2:57

Bradford will be without injured midfielders Ritchie Jones and Ricky Ravenhill for the visit of the Dons.

Jones has had rotten luck with injuries already this summer and after overcoming ankle and hamstring problems will be sidelined for several more weeks after recently twisting another ankle in training.

Ravenhill is expected to be out of action for at least the next three months after damaging medial knee ligaments during pre-season.

Defender Andrew Davies suffered no reaction after playing the full 90 minutes in the midweek win over Fleetwood following a recent thigh strain and is expected to continue.

Manager Phil Parkinson must decide whether to include new signings Zavon Hines and Nathan Doyle in his starting line-up again.

Both winger Hines and midfielder Doyle did not have the benefit of a full pre-season’s training, so Will Atkinson and another summer signing, Garry Thompson, could come into Parkinson’s plans.

AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown is considering making changes following the midweek 6-2 mauling by Burton.

Brown made three substitutions at half-time, with his side already 4-0 down, and admitted he could have taken off six or seven of his players.

Jim Fenlon, Byron Harrison and Rashid Yussuff came on with Warren Cummings, Louis Harris and Brendan Kiernan the men to make way.

But Brown is unlikely to be able to call upon Curtis Osano to bolster his defence.

The right-back, a summer signing from Luton, is still struggling to shake off the ankle knock which has delayed his Dons debut.

Centre-half Callum McNaughton (knee) and striker Jason Prior (broken leg) are still recovering from long-term injuries.

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Bradford v AFC Wimbledon preview

Date published: Friday 2nd December 2011 12:09

Bradford’s preparations for their clash with the Dons have been hit by a sickness bug.

Midfielder Kyel Reid is doubtful for the tie, while goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and winger Jack Compton are among others who have been affected.

Manager Phil Parkinson told the club’s official website: “A couple more of the players have gone with the sickness bug that has been around the training ground in the past few days.

“We have to be careful with things like this. We’ll be monitoring everyone closely and we won’t be risking anyone who doesn’t seem quite right.”

But on-loan pair Andrew Davies and Ricky Ravenhill are both available and expected to start. Defender Davies, from Stoke, returned from suspension at Gillingham last week, while midfielder Ravenhill has started in both matches since arriving from Notts County 12 days ago.

Club skipper Simon Ramsden came through the full 90 minutes at Gillingham unscathed following a groin strain, but fellow defender Robbie Threlfall (thigh) remains sidelined.

Callum McNaughton is AFC Wimbledon’s only absentee for the trip to the Bantams.

The on-loan defender does not have permission to play in the competition from parent club West Ham, but boss Terry Brown has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.

Striker Christian Jolley is back after a fortnight out with a hamstring injury while centre-half Jamie Stuart, midfielders Sammy Moore and Ricky Wellard and winger Luke Moore have all shaken off knocks suffered against Burton last weekend.

Winger Kieran Djilali has also trained this week after a hamstring injury and even long-term absentee Mat Mitchel-King played 45 minutes for the reserves following a back problem, although the former Crewe defender will not be risked this weekend.

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Bradford v AFC Wimbledon preview

Date published: Friday 23rd September 2011 10:27

Bradford quartet Michael Flynn, Luke Moore, Robbie Threlfall and Kyel Reid are all doubtful.

Flynn is struggling with a slight calf strain and fellow midfielder Reid has a bruised foot, while defenders Moore and Threlfall are nursing respective hand and hip injuries.

Manager Phil Parkinson could hand late fitness tests to all four players, with winger Jack Compton and defenders Luke O’Brien and Lewis Hunt on stand-by.

Striker Nialle Rodney remains sidelined with an ankle injury, but former Hull forward Craig Fagan is expected to start on the bench again after making his debut in last week’s defeat at Crawley.

Stoke defender Andrew Davies has joined Bradford on a three-month loan deal and could make his debut.

Centre-half Steve Williams has returned to training following his long-term thigh injury but is not ready and Simon Ramsden (hip/groin), Lee Bullock and David Syers (both knee) remain long-term absentees.

Ricky Wellard should be fit for AFC Wimbledon.

The midfielder was substituted at half-time during last weekend’s win over Cheltenham with breathing problems but boss Terry Brown is confident he will be available.

Rashid Yussuff, who replaced Wellard, scored one and made another to push his claims for a place in the starting line-up.

Brett Johnson could be added to the squad after recovering from a hamstring problem, while fellow defender Fraser Franks played for the reserves this week after six months out with a knee injury.

However, Brown is considering loaning Franks out to build up his match fitness.

Centre-half Mat Mitchel-King is still waiting to make his debut due to an ankle injury.

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