Bradford City pair James Hanson and Raffaele De Vita doubts for Posh trip

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: James Hanson James Hanson

James Hanson's ever-present league record is threatened by injury.

The City target man is troubled by a tight calf, which makes him a doubt for Saturday's trip to Peterborough.

Raffaele De Vita is also struggling with a thigh problem while Caleb Folan remains out with a sore hamstring.

Boss Phil Parkinson said: "I'm not overly concerned with any of the three long-term but they are doubtful for this game.

"If they aren't fit, someone else will get an opportunity. As I've said, the whole squad is going to be utilised over this Christmas period."

Youngster Oliver McBurnie also missed training after taking a knock in Tuesday's FA Youth Cup defeat against Millwall.

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2:47pm Thu 19 Dec 13

minkiebantam says...

Yates on the right and Thompson up front?? Or will PP shock us all and go for Gray or Connoll up front???
Yates on the right and Thompson up front?? Or will PP shock us all and go for Gray or Connoll up front??? minkiebantam

3:24pm Thu 19 Dec 13

LaCe78 says...

It'll be interesting to see how we adapt out style of play to adjust to the lack of our main target man. I'd be nice to see Connell get some game time, if the others are injured and Gray is clearly out of favour. If as expected Thompson fills in up front, with Yeates on the right, I feel any constant long ball tactic will be fruitless. Time for our central midfielders to step up and support the smaller more agile front two, further up the field! Good luck on Sat boys!
It'll be interesting to see how we adapt out style of play to adjust to the lack of our main target man. I'd be nice to see Connell get some game time, if the others are injured and Gray is clearly out of favour. If as expected Thompson fills in up front, with Yeates on the right, I feel any constant long ball tactic will be fruitless. Time for our central midfielders to step up and support the smaller more agile front two, further up the field! Good luck on Sat boys! LaCe78

4:58pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bdsixer says...

we have a replacement for Hanson in Folan imo
we have a replacement for Hanson in Folan imo bdsixer

5:10pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Pablo says...

bdsixer wrote:
we have a replacement for Hanson in Folan imo
The article states Folan's injured.
[quote][p][bold]bdsixer[/bold] wrote: we have a replacement for Hanson in Folan imo[/p][/quote]The article states Folan's injured. Pablo

5:10pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Pablo says...

bdsixer wrote:
we have a replacement for Hanson in Folan imo
The article states Folan's injured.
[quote][p][bold]bdsixer[/bold] wrote: we have a replacement for Hanson in Folan imo[/p][/quote]The article states Folan's injured. Pablo

7:42pm Thu 19 Dec 13

nigel007 says...

Why don't we all get on our knees and pray to God that Hanson
Is fit on Sat.
Why don't we all get on our knees and pray to God that Hanson Is fit on Sat. nigel007

10:29pm Thu 19 Dec 13

torreyman says...

yes I will be down on my knees first and while I am there will pray that Nahki stays with BCFC anybody want to join in?
yes I will be down on my knees first and while I am there will pray that Nahki stays with BCFC anybody want to join in? torreyman

10:36pm Thu 19 Dec 13

passionate says...

bdsixer wrote:
we have a replacement for Hanson in Folan imo
Folan couldn't win a header against Shaun Murray he's useless in the air so to state he is a replacement for Hanson is drivel.
[quote][p][bold]bdsixer[/bold] wrote: we have a replacement for Hanson in Folan imo[/p][/quote]Folan couldn't win a header against Shaun Murray he's useless in the air so to state he is a replacement for Hanson is drivel. passionate

10:13am Fri 20 Dec 13

Peter300 says...

passionate wrote:
bdsixer wrote:
we have a replacement for Hanson in Folan imo
Folan couldn't win a header against Shaun Murray he's useless in the air so to state he is a replacement for Hanson is drivel.
Yeah, they are all useless according to you. Were you one of those dreadful 'Hanson Bashers?' I suspect you were.
[quote][p][bold]passionate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bdsixer[/bold] wrote: we have a replacement for Hanson in Folan imo[/p][/quote]Folan couldn't win a header against Shaun Murray he's useless in the air so to state he is a replacement for Hanson is drivel.[/p][/quote]Yeah, they are all useless according to you. Were you one of those dreadful 'Hanson Bashers?' I suspect you were. Peter300

12:15pm Fri 20 Dec 13

bdsixer says...

Pablo wrote:
bdsixer wrote:
we have a replacement for Hanson in Folan imo
The article states Folan's injured.
sos didn,t read article properly... so lets hope we do have a plan B
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bdsixer[/bold] wrote: we have a replacement for Hanson in Folan imo[/p][/quote]The article states Folan's injured.[/p][/quote]sos didn,t read article properly... so lets hope we do have a plan B bdsixer

3:05pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Waynus1971 says...

Surely, if Hanson and Folan are ruled out and McBurnie isn't quite ready, Gray must get his chance. If not, I want PP to come out and clarify why he isn't involved! We are constantly making soundbites about our finances and here is a player (allegedly on decent money) not getting a look in.

Gray joined us last season and was clearly not match fit. We then asked him to fill the Hanson role, like for like and that just didn't work. However, if the ball gets played to Gray on the deck or lower than 6ft 4" off the ground, he can still be effective. I'm sure he can play Wells in without having to 'flick on'.

Something has to give.
Surely, if Hanson and Folan are ruled out and McBurnie isn't quite ready, Gray must get his chance. If not, I want PP to come out and clarify why he isn't involved! We are constantly making soundbites about our finances and here is a player (allegedly on decent money) not getting a look in. Gray joined us last season and was clearly not match fit. We then asked him to fill the Hanson role, like for like and that just didn't work. However, if the ball gets played to Gray on the deck or lower than 6ft 4" off the ground, he can still be effective. I'm sure he can play Wells in without having to 'flick on'. Something has to give. Waynus1971

5:27pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Michael Clayton says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Surely, if Hanson and Folan are ruled out and McBurnie isn't quite ready, Gray must get his chance. If not, I want PP to come out and clarify why he isn't involved! We are constantly making soundbites about our finances and here is a player (allegedly on decent money) not getting a look in. Gray joined us last season and was clearly not match fit. We then asked him to fill the Hanson role, like for like and that just didn't work. However, if the ball gets played to Gray on the deck or lower than 6ft 4" off the ground, he can still be effective. I'm sure he can play Wells in without having to 'flick on'. Something has to give.
What concerns me is the state of the pitch at London Road. If it is heavy going as expected, I see a lot of balls being lumped up to the front-men. Without Hanson, the ball is inclined to come straight back.

There might be an alternative to the 4-4-2 tomorrow. I would not be surprised to see a front three consisting of Wells, Connell and Yeates/Thompson.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: Surely, if Hanson and Folan are ruled out and McBurnie isn't quite ready, Gray must get his chance. If not, I want PP to come out and clarify why he isn't involved! We are constantly making soundbites about our finances and here is a player (allegedly on decent money) not getting a look in. Gray joined us last season and was clearly not match fit. We then asked him to fill the Hanson role, like for like and that just didn't work. However, if the ball gets played to Gray on the deck or lower than 6ft 4" off the ground, he can still be effective. I'm sure he can play Wells in without having to 'flick on'. Something has to give.[/p][/quote]What concerns me is the state of the pitch at London Road. If it is heavy going as expected, I see a lot of balls being lumped up to the front-men. Without Hanson, the ball is inclined to come straight back. There might be an alternative to the 4-4-2 tomorrow. I would not be surprised to see a front three consisting of Wells, Connell and Yeates/Thompson. Michael Clayton

10:20pm Fri 20 Dec 13

hepworth_123 says...

Folan is not injured, tight hamstring how long does it take to heal a hamstring, I'm afraid you won't be seeing folan again. It's been hus hus, he failed a urine test for drugs.
Folan is not injured, tight hamstring how long does it take to heal a hamstring, I'm afraid you won't be seeing folan again. It's been hus hus, he failed a urine test for drugs. hepworth_123

12:40pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

hepworth_123 wrote:
Folan is not injured, tight hamstring how long does it take to heal a hamstring, I'm afraid you won't be seeing folan again. It's been hus hus, he failed a urine test for drugs.
That must be a very recent occurence as he was at the U18 game last Tuesday
[quote][p][bold]hepworth_123[/bold] wrote: Folan is not injured, tight hamstring how long does it take to heal a hamstring, I'm afraid you won't be seeing folan again. It's been hus hus, he failed a urine test for drugs.[/p][/quote]That must be a very recent occurence as he was at the U18 game last Tuesday Prisoner Cell Block A

2:17pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
hepworth_123 wrote:
Folan is not injured, tight hamstring how long does it take to heal a hamstring, I'm afraid you won't be seeing folan again. It's been hus hus, he failed a urine test for drugs.
That must be a very recent occurence as he was at the U18 game last Tuesday
He also has had a history of hamstring problems.

To answer your question, it depends on what the actual issue is, if it is a tight hamstring it can sometimes be overcome with warmth and lots of stretching, if it is a tear or bruising then it can be a good few weeks. Especially for a big fella like Folan, that's a frame and a half to drag around.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hepworth_123[/bold] wrote: Folan is not injured, tight hamstring how long does it take to heal a hamstring, I'm afraid you won't be seeing folan again. It's been hus hus, he failed a urine test for drugs.[/p][/quote]That must be a very recent occurence as he was at the U18 game last Tuesday[/p][/quote]He also has had a history of hamstring problems. To answer your question, it depends on what the actual issue is, if it is a tight hamstring it can sometimes be overcome with warmth and lots of stretching, if it is a tear or bruising then it can be a good few weeks. Especially for a big fella like Folan, that's a frame and a half to drag around. Prisoner Cell Block A

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