Bradford v Shrewsbury preview

Date published: Friday 27th September 2013 2:29

Bantams defender Carl McHugh hopes to recover from a groin injury in time to make the squad this weekend.

McHugh sustained the injury in training earlier this month and has missed the last two matches, but could return to the bench.

Manager Phil Parkinson will otherwise select from an unchanged squad and is expected to name the same XI that started in last week’s win at Gillingham.

Winger Mark Yeates is pushing for a recall but may have to be patient due to the impressive form of Kyel Reid, while nine-goal leading scorer Nahki Wells will partner James Hanson up front, with veteran Andy Gray waiting for his first appearance of the season on the bench.

The Shrews will assess captain Tamika Mkandawire ahead of their trip north east but Jon Taylor definitely misses out due to suspension.

Centre-back Mkandawire has returned to full training having missed the club’s last three matches with a hamstring injury but it remains to be seen whether he will be risked so soon at Valley Parade.

Winger Taylor serves a one-match ban having seen red in last weekend’s 1-0 derby defeat to Wolves

Striker John Marsden is expected to return from his foot injury for Town’s reserves next week while Paul Parry (hip) and Jack Gwilliams (knee) continue to miss out.

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Bradford v Shrewsbury preview

Date published: Friday 30th December 2011 4:12

Bradford will be without midfield trio Michael Flynn, Ricky Ravenhill and Kyel Reid.

Flynn has been laid low in hospital with a virus and missed the Boxing Day win over Crewe, Ravenhill, on loan from Notts County, is banned for one game under the totting-up procedure and Reid is struggling with a hamstring injury.

Flynn could return to contention for Monday’s clash at Rotherham, but Reid, waiting to learn the full extent of the injury following a scan on Thursday, will miss both matches.

Luke O’Brien and Jack Compton are vying to fill the gap left by Reid on the left wing, while midfielder David Syers could make his first start since the opening day of the season after recovering from a long-term knee injury.

Syers stepped off the bench in the closing stages against Crewe and provides manager Phil Parkinson with an extra option.

Meanwhile, manager Graham Turner may keep faith with an unchanged XI for the third successive match on New Year’s Eve.

Turner named the same starting line-up for Town’s solid Boxing Day point away to promotion rivals Cheltenham as the one which saw off Macclesfield 1-0 the previous week.

And, with no new injury or suspension problems expected, he is unlikely to see any reason for change in the first of two games in three days, although Monday’s home clash against Northampton could see a couple of fresh faces.

Speaking after the goalless draw at Whaddon Road, Turner said: “Providing I don’t get too many injuries between now and Saturday and then Monday, I’ve got an opportunity with the quality of players we’ve got in the squad to make one or two changes for the second of the games, so we may well do that.”

Fit-again Jermaine Grandison could force his way onto the bench having got plenty of training under his belt upon his recovery from a torn hamstring, although fellow defender Reuben Hazell (knee) remains out until early February.

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Bradford v Shrewsbury preview

Date published: Friday 25th March 2011 12:41

Bradford goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley is in contention but Kevin Ellison is doubtful.

Pidgeley has missed the last two games due to a thigh injury, so manager Peter Jackson must decide whether to recall him or stick with deputy Jon McLaughlin.

Winger Ellison strained his thigh in training this week and is a doubt along with defender Luke Oliver (hamstring).

Simon Ramsden (thigh) and Shane Duff (calf) remain sidelined, leaving Steve Williams as the only recognised centre-half.

Midfielder Jon Worthington sits out with a one-game ban following his two yellow cards at Gillingham last Saturday.

Jackson is expected to include teenage striker Darren Stephenson, a second-year apprentice, on the substitutes’ bench.

Shrewsbury will be able to call upon James Collins for the away trip.

The striker was due to link-up with the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 squad for their friendly in Portugal on Friday evening, but he withdrew earlier this week after Shrews boss Graham Turner instead asked for him to be made available for the club’s promotion bid.

However, Turner will be unable to hand a debut to new loan signing Niall Canavan after he was drafted into the Irish Under-21 set-up on Tuesday afternoon.

Fellow defender Jermaine Grandison also remains unavailable as he serves the second game of a three-match suspension for the red card received at Torquay.

David Raven stepped in for last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Wycombe and is again expected to keep his place in the Shrews rearguard, with Turner likely to keep the same XI who drew against their promotion rivals at the Greenhous Meadow.

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