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Bradford City taking care with Garry Thompson hamstring
Garry Thompson will have to wait a bit longer to play his first game for City.
Thompson will not be risked at Bray Wanderers on Saturday after sitting out the friendly wins at Tadcaster and Wexford Youths.
The former Morecambe and Scunthorpe frontman has been hampered by a tight hamstring he suffered during training at the end of last week.
Phil Parkinson insists it is no big concern but he does not want to aggravate the problem.
The City boss said: “Thommo won’t train until next week. We’re not going to play him on Saturday.
“He’s felt a bit of stiffness at the top of the hamstring and we’re being careful.
“Thommo’s been looking good. He’s a goal-scorer and a strong player and ideally you want him to play – but what can you do?
“We could have thrown him out there on Saturday and lost him for three or four weeks. This way we’ll make sure he can train again next week.”
Right back Stephen Darby is the other summer signing yet to feature for his new club. Kyel Reid and Ritchie Jones also missed Tuesday’s game as a precaution.
Parkinson said: “They are all nothing major, just a bit of tightness. If it was a league game, they may have played.
“ The lads we’ve had with us who were given the off-season (fitness) programmes are obviously ahead of those we’ve brought in.
“But the three or four lads who have missed bits of training are still working really hard.
“They are up at 7am in the swimming pool and having three sessions a day. It’s important we keep on top of their fitness as much as we can.”