Moment of truth for Bradford City defender Rory McArdle’s cup final dream

Rory McArdle is awaiting news on the extent of his ankle injury

Rory McArdle is awaiting news on the extent of his ankle injury

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Rory McArdle will find out this week if he has any chance of making Wembley.

City’s ultra-consistent defender was due to see the specialist yesterday to confirm the extent of his ankle injury.

As a fellow centre half, new boy Michael Nelson would stand to benefit from McArdle’s absence. But he would take no joy in taking his place in those circumstances – and hopes the Northern Ireland international can still be back for the big day.

“It’s one of those things that happens and that’s where the squad comes in,” said Nelson.

“You try to build a strong group of players with that depth so if you get injuries somebody can step in.

“But lads don’t really want to get into the team on the back of somebody getting injured. It’s not nice and you know it could just as easily happen to you.

“Nobody’s pleased about it or anything like that. Everybody’s hoping it’s just a case of a little bit of rest and getting Rory right.”

Phil Parkinson paired Nelson with McArdle for his debut at Fleetwood ten days ago but their partnership was cut short before half-time because of the injury.

Nelson said: “It didn’t look too bad when he did it and Rory managed to stay on for a little bit.

“But he said he could see the swelling coming through more and more. It was the right decision for him to come off.

“It’s been well documented how many games he’s played and how well he’s played in them. It’s a worrying time for him but hopefully it will be good news.”

City head for Wycombe tonight desperate to end a six-game run without a league win – a slump that has seen them slip away from the play-off places and down to mid-table.

With all thoughts dominated by Wembley, Nelson admits they have to quickly steady the ship in League Two.

He said: “The cup final is the biggest game in the club’s history and it’s going to be brilliant. But it will be a lot nicer if we can get promoted this season as well.

“Cup success is great but you earn your money week in, week out in the league. That’s still a massive aim for us and these two games coming up before the final are vitally important.”

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7:29am Tue 12 Feb 13

silverbantam says...

There must be no sentiment for those who have played in the cup run.

City must pick the strongest and fittest team for the final !!
There must be no sentiment for those who have played in the cup run. City must pick the strongest and fittest team for the final !! silverbantam
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7:47am Tue 12 Feb 13

Scholemoor Rovers says...

Good luck Rory. You certainly deserve the starting spot at wembley. Fingers crossed you can get a game in before the final.
Good luck Rory. You certainly deserve the starting spot at wembley. Fingers crossed you can get a game in before the final. Scholemoor Rovers
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8:25am Tue 12 Feb 13

ElBantamo says...

silverbantam wrote:
There must be no sentiment for those who have played in the cup run. City must pick the strongest and fittest team for the final !!
Yes, and I'm sure Phil Parkinson is old enough and wise enough to do so, but it would be a shame for Rory if he misses out on Wembley through injury after all he's put in this season. That's what the 'story' is. Not that he should play even if he can't walk.
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: There must be no sentiment for those who have played in the cup run. City must pick the strongest and fittest team for the final !![/p][/quote]Yes, and I'm sure Phil Parkinson is old enough and wise enough to do so, but it would be a shame for Rory if he misses out on Wembley through injury after all he's put in this season. That's what the 'story' is. Not that he should play even if he can't walk. ElBantamo
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8:38am Tue 12 Feb 13

gentlemanbob says...

Hi Gents

Good luck Rory


Yours

Gentlemanbob
Hi Gents Good luck Rory Yours Gentlemanbob gentlemanbob
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8:40am Tue 12 Feb 13

Harrogate Bantam says...

Scholemoor Rovers wrote:
Good luck Rory. You certainly deserve the starting spot at wembley. Fingers crossed you can get a game in before the final.
My sentiments exactly, Rory has grafted throughout the campaign. Not to be in contention would be hard for him. C’mon City!
[quote][p][bold]Scholemoor Rovers[/bold] wrote: Good luck Rory. You certainly deserve the starting spot at wembley. Fingers crossed you can get a game in before the final.[/p][/quote]My sentiments exactly, Rory has grafted throughout the campaign. Not to be in contention would be hard for him. C’mon City! Harrogate Bantam
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8:52am Tue 12 Feb 13

bettyswollocks says...

My mate saw James Hanson at the hospital yesterday afternoon getting a scan on a suspected ligament tear.

No mention of that anywhere but if it's as bad as that he won't be playing at Wembley.
My mate saw James Hanson at the hospital yesterday afternoon getting a scan on a suspected ligament tear. No mention of that anywhere but if it's as bad as that he won't be playing at Wembley. bettyswollocks
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10:26am Tue 12 Feb 13

Peter300 says...

bettyswollocks wrote:
My mate saw James Hanson at the hospital yesterday afternoon getting a scan on a suspected ligament tear. No mention of that anywhere but if it's as bad as that he won't be playing at Wembley.
Yes, please keep us informed of this development. And please thank 'your mate' for passing on this vital information. I trust 'your mate' will keep T&A readers up-to-date with the latest, even if Simon Parker and the club do not. Thank you very much indeed! Look forward to your report tomorrow. Don't be late.
[quote][p][bold]bettyswollocks[/bold] wrote: My mate saw James Hanson at the hospital yesterday afternoon getting a scan on a suspected ligament tear. No mention of that anywhere but if it's as bad as that he won't be playing at Wembley.[/p][/quote]Yes, please keep us informed of this development. And please thank 'your mate' for passing on this vital information. I trust 'your mate' will keep T&A readers up-to-date with the latest, even if Simon Parker and the club do not. Thank you very much indeed! Look forward to your report tomorrow. Don't be late. Peter300
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7:56am Wed 13 Feb 13

MrsAngryofRidd says...

Don't think James can be too bad seen as he played last night.

Rather than listen to hear say, lets wait for reports from the club.
Don't think James can be too bad seen as he played last night. Rather than listen to hear say, lets wait for reports from the club. MrsAngryofRidd
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7:56am Wed 13 Feb 13

MrsAngryofRidd says...

Don't think James can be too bad seen as he played last night.

Rather than listen to hear say, lets wait for reports from the club.
Don't think James can be too bad seen as he played last night. Rather than listen to hear say, lets wait for reports from the club. MrsAngryofRidd
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