Bradford v Crewe preview

Date published: Friday 7th February 2014 12:33

Doyle was sent off for two bookable offences in last week’s defeat at Wolves and sits out a one-game ban which could mean a debut for Matty Dolan, who has arrived on a 93-day emergency loan from Middlesbrough.

Loan signing Kyle Bennett returns to contention following suspension. He was sent off on his debut against Preston.

Central defender Andrew Davies is hoping to be back in action. He made his first appearance following knee surgery against Preston last week, but was rested for the Wolves game.

Striker James Hanson hopes to overcome a hamstring injury, but defender James Meredith (foot) and winger Raffaele De Vita (thigh) remain sidelined, while midfielder Kyel Reid (knee) is out for the rest of the season.

Ollie Turton returns to contention for Crewe’s trip to Valley Parade to face Bradford.

The defender has not featured for the Alex since October because of a knee injury but played for the club’s under-21 side on Monday with no adverse reaction.

Striker Uche Ikpeazu scored in that game and the club are content with the progress he is making from an ankle injury while Mathias Pogba, who started for the first time this season against Sheffield United following his knee injury, has been wrapped in cotton wool at the start of this week to prepare him for the Bantams.

The Railwaymen’s treatment table is not totally clear, though, with defender George Ray (ankle), forward Ryan Colclough (stomach) and striker Max Clayton (ankle) all still absent.

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Bradford v Crewe preview

Date published: Friday 23rd December 2011 12:30

Bradford midfielders David Syers and Lee Bullock could return to the squad.

Syers has been restricted to just two appearances this season due to a knee injury, while Bullock had played just one game before sustaining a serious thigh injury.

Syers played the full 90 minutes for the Bantams’ reserves in midweek and Bullock was withdrawn after 75, leaving manager Phil Parkinson to decide whether to include one of them, or both, on Boxing Day.

Defender Robbie Threlfall also played the full 90 minutes for the second string and could return after two months on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

Striker Ross Hannah is not expected to shake off the hamstring strain that has forced him to miss the last two matches, but Parkinson has no other new injury or suspension problems as his side look to extend their unbeaten league run to four matches and build on last week’s win at Southend.

Crewe will be without forward Shaun Miller.

Miller picked up a straight red card in the ninth minute of Alex’s clash with League Two leaders Crawley last time out and, therefore, will serve a three-match suspension.

Despite Miller’s early sending off, Steve Davis’ men were still able to pick up a hugely impressive 1-1 draw against the Red Devils and will be desperate to build upon that.

Otherwise, Davis has a full squad at his disposal as Crewe look to add to their four-match unbeaten run in the league.

Alex are currently 15th in League Two and will be hoping for a strong finish to the year as they look to push up the table in 2012.

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Bradford v Crewe preview

Date published: Friday 6th May 2011 11:01

Bradford manager Peter Jackson could name three teenagers on his bench.

Jackson, who has no new injury or suspension problems, is keen to hand youth-team skipper Alex Flett, winger Dominic Rowe and striker Darren Stephenson a taste of first-team action.

Rowe and Stephenson have both stepped off the bench already this season for Jackson’s side, while Flett is hoping to make his first appearance. All three players are 18.

Tommy Doherty will not be involved as he has had his contract terminated by mutual consent, while fellow midfielder Tom Adeyemi, on loan from Norwich, remains sidelined due to a thigh injury.

Midfielder Michael Flynn (hamstring) misses out again and on-loan winger Kevin Ellison has returned to parent club Rotherham.

AJ Leitch-Smith could declare himself fit for Crewe’s season finale.

The young striker has been struggling with a hamstring injury but has resumed training.

“He has trained well and we will see how he feels ahead of the game,” said Alex boss Dario Gradi.

Danny Blanchett missed the home win over Stockport last weekend with a groin strain but the full-back could return to the squad. Mat Mitchel-King deputised for Blanchett against the Hatters.

Captain David Artell could come back into the reckoning after a hamstring injury, while Antoni Sarcevic, Ashley Westwood and Joel Grant are available for recalls.

Oliver Turton made his debut towards the end of the Stockport game and the youngster could be involved once more.

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