Bradford City's busy schedule means it pays to be cautious over Gary Jones' injury

Gary Jones’ combative style of play has finally caught up with him and he is a doubt for the Dagenham match with a back injury

Gary Jones’ combative style of play has finally caught up with him and he is a doubt for the Dagenham match with a back injury

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

City will not fast-track midfield general Gary Jones back into the fray before he is ready.

Jones lost his ever-present tag on Tuesday when a sore back forced him out of the goalless draw at Rochdale. It prevented him going back to the club where he made a record 533 appearances.

Incredibly, it was just the second league game Jones has missed since February 2010 – and first because of injury. The only other time he did not feature in that 119-match streak was in April when John Coleman dropped him for Rochdale’s home win over Exeter.

Jones was gutted not to face the club where he has spent the bulk of his career but he was not fit enough to take a chance – and City will not take a risk at Dagenham if they feel he needs more time.

Assistant boss Steve Parkin said: “If there’s one player who wanted to be out there at Rochdale, it was Gary.

“But he’s 35 and played 120 minutes in the last week (against Burton). He absolutely ran his socks off at the weekend as well and we’ve just got to be careful. He’s had a bit of a back injury and he got a couple of knocks on top of that. Gary would love to have played but he simply felt too sore on Monday.

“We couldn’t afford to get wrapped up in the emotions of him playing one game instead of playing all season.

“Hopefully it will settle down by the weekend but we’ve got a lot of games coming up over the next couple of weeks. So we’ve got to play it right.”

Ricky Ravenhill took his place at Spotland and nearly scored a second-half winner. It was only his second outing since recovering from a pre-season knee injury.

Parkin added: “I thought Ricky slotted in there superbly. I just wish he could have got that goal when he hit it straight at the keeper.

“He’s a great lad and hasn’t moaned and groaned about being out of the team. He’s just got on with his business and kept himself fit.

“He’s a terrific captain and a good servant for the club. We need that pressure on places to make the ones who’ve got the shirts keep performing.”

Kyel Reid, meanwhile, had a scan on his injured groin yesterday afternoon and the club hope to know the results later today.

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8:05am Thu 4 Oct 12

lancaster1 says...

Now reid out step in mr gary thompson show us what u can do!!!
Now reid out step in mr gary thompson show us what u can do!!! lancaster1
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8:15am Thu 4 Oct 12

Freddy says...

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" “He’s a terrific captain and a good servant for the club. We need that pressure on places to make the ones who’ve got the shirts keep performing.”
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I totally agree with this quote.Gary Jones is an inspirational credit to everyone at BCFC.
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I do not want him to play until he is fully recovered. Otherwise any aggravated occurrence could result in a very long period out of the Team.
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City play Rochdale at home during the Christmas matches (29/12).
I hope, Gary will be fit to play in that Match.
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Similarly--Reidy must not be rushed back into contention to play. One of his main attributes is his speed. Groins easily go again when accelerating at speed. So 'Gently-Bentley'- for both players, wanting to return to the Team.
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* Quote :- " “He’s a terrific captain and a good servant for the club. We need that pressure on places to make the ones who’ve got the shirts keep performing.” * I totally agree with this quote.Gary Jones is an inspirational credit to everyone at BCFC. * I do not want him to play until he is fully recovered. Otherwise any aggravated occurrence could result in a very long period out of the Team. * City play Rochdale at home during the Christmas matches (29/12). I hope, Gary will be fit to play in that Match. * Similarly--Reidy must not be rushed back into contention to play. One of his main attributes is his speed. Groins easily go again when accelerating at speed. So 'Gently-Bentley'- for both players, wanting to return to the Team. * Freddy
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8:17am Thu 4 Oct 12

bigang02 says...

sorry to go off subject .but the wigan game still nowt on the website .wigan have put it on there website tues 30th oct 7.45pm 10pd adults and 5pd kids it this for all of the city fans aswell any1 know ta
sorry to go off subject .but the wigan game still nowt on the website .wigan have put it on there website tues 30th oct 7.45pm 10pd adults and 5pd kids it this for all of the city fans aswell any1 know ta bigang02
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9:22am Thu 4 Oct 12

Dugoutboy says...

bigang02 wrote:
sorry to go off subject .but the wigan game still nowt on the website .wigan have put it on there website tues 30th oct 7.45pm 10pd adults and 5pd kids it this for all of the city fans aswell any1 know ta
It is on the Bradford City AFC website. We have been allocated the North Stand, behind one of the goals. Adults: £10.00

Senior Citizens (over 65): £5.00

Juniors (under 16): £5.00
[quote][p][bold]bigang02[/bold] wrote: sorry to go off subject .but the wigan game still nowt on the website .wigan have put it on there website tues 30th oct 7.45pm 10pd adults and 5pd kids it this for all of the city fans aswell any1 know ta[/p][/quote]It is on the Bradford City AFC website. We have been allocated the North Stand, behind one of the goals. Adults: £10.00 Senior Citizens (over 65): £5.00 Juniors (under 16): £5.00 Dugoutboy
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9:28am Thu 4 Oct 12

Dugoutboy says...

The North Stand holds 5400 ish So lets all descend on Wigan and create as good an atmosphere as we did at Rochdale and hopefully we can come away with a win.
The North Stand holds 5400 ish So lets all descend on Wigan and create as good an atmosphere as we did at Rochdale and hopefully we can come away with a win. Dugoutboy
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12:04pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Period Drama says...

I did say regarding the Burton game that we may have been better playing Doyle for the 90 with RR and resting the 35 year old Jones. Instead we played him for 120 minutes. This now appears to have returned to bite us on the b um.

We should have the quality to cover his absence in RR and RJ and Doyle also, with Atkinson looking a buy type of CM when he is used in there.
I did say regarding the Burton game that we may have been better playing Doyle for the 90 with RR and resting the 35 year old Jones. Instead we played him for 120 minutes. This now appears to have returned to bite us on the b um. We should have the quality to cover his absence in RR and RJ and Doyle also, with Atkinson looking a buy type of CM when he is used in there. Period Drama
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3:13pm Thu 4 Oct 12

bigang02 says...

Dugoutboy wrote:
bigang02 wrote:
sorry to go off subject .but the wigan game still nowt on the website .wigan have put it on there website tues 30th oct 7.45pm 10pd adults and 5pd kids it this for all of the city fans aswell any1 know ta
It is on the Bradford City AFC website. We have been allocated the North Stand, behind one of the goals. Adults: £10.00

Senior Citizens (over 65): £5.00

Juniors (under 16): £5.00
thanks for that.
[quote][p][bold]Dugoutboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigang02[/bold] wrote: sorry to go off subject .but the wigan game still nowt on the website .wigan have put it on there website tues 30th oct 7.45pm 10pd adults and 5pd kids it this for all of the city fans aswell any1 know ta[/p][/quote]It is on the Bradford City AFC website. We have been allocated the North Stand, behind one of the goals. Adults: £10.00 Senior Citizens (over 65): £5.00 Juniors (under 16): £5.00[/p][/quote]thanks for that. bigang02
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6:54pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Birky Neil says...

He will play this weekend. Watch this space.
He will play this weekend. Watch this space. Birky Neil
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8:05pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Whoisevans? says...

This is why we have a good squad of players. We hope he is back ASAP but it's a chance for other players to make it hard for them injured players to get back in the team. Hines is a quality player when he does the right things he now needs to be consistent. Ravenhill we all know is as good as anyone in this division on his day. Thompson can play a bit when he's fit so come on city.
This is why we have a good squad of players. We hope he is back ASAP but it's a chance for other players to make it hard for them injured players to get back in the team. Hines is a quality player when he does the right things he now needs to be consistent. Ravenhill we all know is as good as anyone in this division on his day. Thompson can play a bit when he's fit so come on city. Whoisevans?
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