Bradford City crock Andrew Davies up and running, now race is on to make the cup final

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Andrew Davies was mobbed at a service station by Bantams fans en route to Villa Park Andrew Davies was mobbed at a service station by Bantams fans en route to Villa Park

Andrew Davies will use City’s short sunshine break in the Canary Islands to launch his Wembley bid.

The influential centre half has been out for three months with the knee injury he suffered at Burton in the same game that wrote off Luke Oliver’s season.

Davies stepped up his recovery work yesterday with a first outdoor running session and will fly out with the rest of the squad on Sunday for their four-day getaway in Tenerife.

And boss Phil Parkinson has not ruled out the prospect of Davies forcing his way back into first-team contention in time for the Capital One Cup final four weeks on Sunday.

Davies sat in with the away fans at Villa Park before sharing the joy in the dressing room and is desperate to be involved again.

Parkinson said: “Andrew’s back running and next week is important for him. I think to progress it would be very helpful for him to be out there with us.

“Davo’s frustrated because all players want to be out there on the pitch but when you’re injured all you can do is work as hard as you possibly can.

“He’s missed it all (against Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa) but he’s been training like a demon in the gym every day.

“Andrew’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and given himself every chance of getting back and being part of the season.”

Davies was pictured on Twitter being submerged by a group of City fans in a service station on the way to Tuesday’s semi-final. And Parkinson was impressed that the defender had taken the trouble to travel down and support his team-mates.

He added: “Davo was sat with the supporters and then he came in to congratulate the boys afterwards. I thought that was terrific of him but he’s good around the lads and has a great personality.

“Of course he wants to play but equally the first thing he said to me on Tuesday was that he thought Rory (McArdle) and Carl (McHugh) were outstanding, which they were.”

The Tenerife trip was organised after the Arsenal quarter-final and, as well as offering good training facilities in a decent climate, Parkinson hopes it will help make up for having to cancel the players’ Christmas party because of the heavy schedule of games.

He said: “I felt it was a good time to galvanise the team together. We can do some training on a really good surface out there in warm weather.

“We’ll allow the lads to let their hair down when we initially get out there and then really put some good work into their legs. I think it will be hugely beneficial to us at the end of the season.”

Tomorrow’s home game against Wycombe could struggle to go ahead because of the cold snap, with a pitch inspection scheduled for before lunchtime today. The Valley Parade pitch is still under a blanket of snow and the surrounding roads remain iced up.

Gareth Ainsworth’s Wanderers have pulled themselves clear of trouble with seven points from their last nine.

Parkinson saw them beat Dagenham last week and said: “Gareth has turned it round to a certain degree. They are running and fighting for each other.”

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8:42am Fri 25 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

Much as I like him as a player he cannot be match fit in time AND PP should stick with the squad which got us to this lofty postion
Much as I like him as a player he cannot be match fit in time AND PP should stick with the squad which got us to this lofty postion tyker2

9:02am Fri 25 Jan 13

Beeceefcee says...

Think he should be loyal to the squad that as got us to Wembley. He is a good player but may not be back to full fitness.
Think he should be loyal to the squad that as got us to Wembley. He is a good player but may not be back to full fitness. Beeceefcee

10:31am Fri 25 Jan 13

BANT MAN says...

Can't wait to have Davo back! Him & Jones are my favorite players, true leaders!
Can't wait to have Davo back! Him & Jones are my favorite players, true leaders! BANT MAN

10:34am Fri 25 Jan 13

gspot01 says...

A difficult one really. No doubt Davies is superb and as much as I love McHugh I cant say he is as good as Davies - although it's hard to say given the performances McHugh has put in. At the same time it would be a massive shame for McHugh to miss out but i if Davies is fit then i suspect McHugh would lay left back to make way for Davies.
A difficult one really. No doubt Davies is superb and as much as I love McHugh I cant say he is as good as Davies - although it's hard to say given the performances McHugh has put in. At the same time it would be a massive shame for McHugh to miss out but i if Davies is fit then i suspect McHugh would lay left back to make way for Davies. gspot01

12:56pm Fri 25 Jan 13

KnightMcCall says...

tyker2 wrote:
Much as I like him as a player he cannot be match fit in time AND PP should stick with the squad which got us to this lofty postion
He should do whatever he feels is in the interests of Bradford City football club. Besides, he would be sticking with the squad that got us to Wembley; Davies played in round three against Burton.
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: Much as I like him as a player he cannot be match fit in time AND PP should stick with the squad which got us to this lofty postion[/p][/quote]He should do whatever he feels is in the interests of Bradford City football club. Besides, he would be sticking with the squad that got us to Wembley; Davies played in round three against Burton. KnightMcCall

4:16pm Fri 25 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

I read that Kennedy from Rochdale has been told he can leave:a quality left sided midfield player at this level
I read that Kennedy from Rochdale has been told he can leave:a quality left sided midfield player at this level tyker2

6:15pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Pablo says...

Every cloud has a silver lining.

If Davies and Olver hadn't been injured, it's unlikely Darby and McHugh would have been given the opportunity to progress at the rate they have. In addition McCardle would have probably continued to have been played out of position.

Nevertheless, I'm a big fan of Davies ( and Oliver ) but think the final will come a bit too soon for him.

Given Davo's rumoured £4,000 per week wages, his lengthy spells of unavailability over the past two seasons due to suspensions and injury, and the recent signing of Nelson, I wonder whether he'll still be with us next season
Every cloud has a silver lining. If Davies and Olver hadn't been injured, it's unlikely Darby and McHugh would have been given the opportunity to progress at the rate they have. In addition McCardle would have probably continued to have been played out of position. Nevertheless, I'm a big fan of Davies ( and Oliver ) but think the final will come a bit too soon for him. Given Davo's rumoured £4,000 per week wages, his lengthy spells of unavailability over the past two seasons due to suspensions and injury, and the recent signing of Nelson, I wonder whether he'll still be with us next season Pablo

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