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Bradford City left back James Meredith in hot water over feet tweet
James Meredith faces a carpeting from City for revealing details of his broken foot on Twitter.
Meredith is likely to spend a number of weeks on the sidelines after breaking a metatarsal bone in his right foot in training on Tuesday.
But City were not amused that the defender released the news by social media before they had seen the test results on his injury.
Joint-chairman Mark Lawn believes it has given Saturday’s visitors Bristol City a potential advantage by knowing that the ever-present left back will not be involved already.
Lawn said: “I don’t think it’s a sensible thing to do to alert the opposition before anybody else knows he is injured.
“Let’s give them the team early in the week. I’m sure (Bristol City manager) Steve Cotterill is planning what to do right now.
“What do you think teams do on a Thursday and Friday in training? If they can find out the opposition’s plans and who’s playing or not, they can work on how best to set up for the game.”
The loss of Meredith adds to a current injury list, which Phil Parkinson is City’s worst in over a year.
He is just hoping that some of Valley Parade’s walking wounded can present themselves fit for action for the weekend.
“That would give everyone a boost,” said the Bantams boss as he assessed a treatment room that already contains Nahki Wells, Nathan Doyle, Raffaele De Vita, Andy Gray, Matt Taylor as well as established absentee Andrew Davies.
Parkinson is careful about predicting their chances of recovering in time but said: “They are making progress.
“None of them are long term. It’s just a few like Andy Gray are taking longer to clear up than we first anticipated.
“Look at a lot of teams over the Christmas and New Year period who have picked up a few injuries and niggles. We are the same.
“We probably haven’t had this kind of run over the last 12 months or so and need as many of those back as possible. The most important thing for me is how many we can get available to play again for Saturday.
“Having last weekend free won’t have done anyone any harm. The second half of the season starts here and my focus is on getting as many players up for selection as we can.”
There is good news on the horizon as Davies continues to increase his recovery programme.
The defensive lynchpin’s knee operation in October coincided with the start of City’s present fall from grace. They have won only once without him.
Davies has targeted a return by the end of the month and Parkinson believes everything is on course.
He added: “Dava started running again last week and is continuing his progression. He is increasing the pace of his running and his general football-related movement.
“We have waited a while for him and want to make sure he’s right. But it won’t be too long before he is back available.”
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