James Meredith is ready to plunge into the next hectic phase of City’s season.

The Bantams were back in training yesterday after a three-day break to recharge the batteries.

It was the first time since mid-October that they have been without a midweek match – but tomorrow’s FA Cup second-round clash with Brentford kicks off another busy burst.

City face nine games in the space of 32 days, with the added possibility of cramming in a replay the week before Christmas if the Valley Parade tie finishes in a draw.

Left back Meredith appreciated the chance to draw breath before the non-stop schedule kicks in again.

He said: “We’ve not had a lot of time for proper training. There have been a lot of games so it’s been a case of play the game, recover, play the next game, recover again.

“It’s been nice to have that opportunity to work on one or two things before we go into the next run of games including, obviously, the Arsenal one.

“It’s a balancing act because you’ve got to be well conditioned and well rested to get the best results in the long run.”

Meanwhile, the remaining tickets for the Capital One Cup quarter-final against Arsenal are on general sale from 9am today.

City have sold 22,000 so far, including Arsenal’s allocation in the Midland Road Stand, to leave around 1,500 which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fans must buy tickets from Valley Parade and there will be no general sales online.