Bradford v Plymouth preview

Date published: Monday 19th November 2012 5:18

Bradford trio Zavon Hines, Stephen Darby and James Meredith are all in a race to be fit.

Winger Hines (ankle) and defenders Darby (hip) and Meredith (groin) all missed the weekend home defeat to Exeter and remain doubtful, but manager Phil Parkinson is hoping at least one will make it.

New loan signing Tom Naylor, who arrived from Derby last week in time to make his debut at the weekend, could continue in the back four alongside another loanee, Sunderland defender John Egan, who made his third start for the club against Exeter.

Winger Garry Thompson, striker Alan Connell and midfielder Ricky Ravenhill are all pushing for recalls, while winger Kyel Reid is still out with a long-term groin injury.

Luke Oliver (Achilles) has been ruled out for the rest of the season, while fellow central defender Andrew Davies (knee) will be sidelined until the spring.

Plymouth Argyle will be without captain Darren Purse after he was sent off in the 3-0 defeat at Fleetwood on Saturday.

The 35-year-old received a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident with Fleetwood’s Jamie McGuire and will miss the next three games.

Maxime Blanchard is expected to return at the heart of the Pilgrims’ defence having previously deputised for Purse when the former Cardiff man was out with a toe injury.

Meanwhile, experienced midfielder Paul Wotton has stepped up his recovery from a back operation and is targeting a return to action during the busy Christmas period having not featured since mid-September.

Carl Fletcher’s Argyle have not won since October 20, a run which has seen them slip to 19th in League Two.

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Bradford v Plymouth preview

Date published: Friday 9th December 2011 11:06

Bradford midfielders Michael Flynn and Ricky Ravenhill will both return to the side for the home clash.

Flynn missed the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Oldham in midweek through suspension, while Ravenhill, on loan from Notts County, had played for his parent club earlier in the competition.

Striker Craig Fagan, midfielder Kyel Reid and defender Simon Ramsden were all rested on Tuesday night and are also expected to return to the starting line-up.

Fagan and Reid stepped off the bench at Oldham, but Ramsden, only recently back from long-term injury, was not involved.

Defender Robbie Threlfall (thigh) is expected to return to contention next week after being sidelined for a month and midfield pair David Syers and Lee Bullock are hoping to return from their respective long-term knee injuries to play some part in the Christmas fixture schedule.

Meanwhile, Argyle will be without the suspended Paul Bignot on Saturday.

Bignot was sent off for lashing out at Stourbridge’s Sean Evans in the FA Cup first-round replay last month, in which the Pilgrims were humbled 2-0 by their non-league hosts, and the on-loan Blackpool defender serves the second game of a three-match ban against the Bantams.

Durrell Berry could fill in for the full-back once more at Valley Parade, and manager Carl Fletcher is unlikely to change the side that beat Northampton 4-1 in their last league outing a fortnight ago.

Defender Ben Gibson has been recalled by Middlesbrough since the defeat of the Cobblers and is therefore unavailable for the Pilgrims this weekend.

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