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Bradford City hit by quadruple injury scare
City face an anxious few days as injuries and illness threaten to disrupt Phil Parkinson’s settled side.
The Bantams boss has hardly needed to make a change during the first two months of the season – a run that has seen them reach fifth spot with only one loss in nine games.
But his plans for Saturday’s trip to Walsall have been hampered by problems to several first-team regulars.
City are definitely missing top scorer Nahki Wells after his injury against Shrews-bury was yesterday confirmed as ankle ligament damage. The nine-goal hitman has already been ruled out for “at least a couple of weeks”, pending a further examination when the swelling has subsided.
Skipper Jones has been troubled by a tight hamstring, Thompson has an Achilles problem and McArdle has still not recovered sufficiently from his weekend illness to return to training.
Parkinson said: “We’ve had a few bumps and bruises this week and there are a few missing. It’s disappointing but unfortunately that’s part and parcel of football.
“But we’ve had a good run of late in terms of avoiding injuries and we’ll have to see what happens.”
The news on Wells is not as bad as it could have been. When he left Valley Parade on crutches on Saturday night, fans feared losing him for a lengthy period.
“The scan showed nothing really serious,” said a relieved Parkinson. “He’s going to be missing for at least a couple of weeks but we will know more once the swelling has gone down.”
For Wells, sitting out City’s clash at the Bescot will be a unique experience.
“Since I’ve been a pro I’ve been fortunate enough not to miss a game through injury yet,” he told Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper.
“I’m a quick healer and I’m not going to come back too early because that wouldn’t be smart. But I am going to do whatever it takes and get treatment every day to get back as soon as possible.”
The striker’s red-hot start to the season earned him the Sky Bet League One player of the month award for August.
And winger Kyel Reid could make it a City one-two after being named in today’s four-man short-list for September.
Reid has been City’s star performer in the last two games and scored his first Valley Parade goal for over a year at the weekend.
He is up against David Mooney from leaders Leyton Orient, Britt Assombalonga of Peterborough and Preston full back Scott Laird. The winner will be announced on Friday morning.
* City drew 1-1 with Sheffield United in their latest reserve team friendly, with Alan Connell scoring their goal from the penalty spot.
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