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Rory McArdle fighting to be fit for Bradford City at cup final

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Rory McArdle is getting treatment on his ankle twice a day as he looks to seal a Wembley place Rory McArdle is getting treatment on his ankle twice a day as he looks to seal a Wembley place

Rory McArdle is staying open-minded about his chances of making Wembley.

City are pulling out all the stops to get their versatile defender back in time for the Capital One Cup final a week tomorrow.

McArdle has been sidelined for a fortnight since injuring his ankle in the first half at Fleetwood. But intensive treatment with medical team Matt Barrass and Chris Royston has raised the chances of a quick recovery.

The Northern Ireland international refuses to give up but remains philosophical about lining up against Swansea.

“Each day so far it’s been a lot better but I don’t really know if I’ll be ready,” he said.

“If I do make it, that will be a relief. If I don’t, I will be gutted but it’s one of those things.

“If there are any problems and Matt says it’s not worth risking it, then I’ll have to accept it.

“But Matt and Chris are doing everything they can. I’m getting treatment twice a day and hopefully all their hard work will pay off.”

McArdle had played more minutes than anyone else in the squad until he was forced to hobble off at Highbury.

After initial fears about the severity of the problem, the swelling had subsided by the following morning.

A scan at the end of last week still suggested there could be more serious damage. But that did not stack up with how McArdle was feeling and a specialist confirmed that he was on the mend.

The defender said: “The scan came back saying the injury was a grade three, which was a torn ligament. That’s the worst-case scenario.

“But Matt was adamant it didn’t feel like that when he checked and I wasn’t in any pain.

“We saw the specialist and luckily he agreed and was happy with how stable the ankle was.

“I’ve been in the gym, on the cross trainer, on the trampoline and started straight-line running again on Thursday morning. I’m slowly getting there.

“If I keep on top of it then hopefully it won’t get any worse and by next week I can get back into training.

“The final is a once in a lifetime opportunity but just to miss games in general is hard.

“But Tuesday was a great result because the league form’s not been what it should be. I see no reason why we can’t get another win at Wimbledon and then that sets us up nicely for an enjoyable week before Wembley.”

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8:00am Sat 16 Feb 13

BD16 says...

Good luck Rory.

You've been great this year and deserve a Wembley shirt as much as anyone.
Good luck Rory. You've been great this year and deserve a Wembley shirt as much as anyone. BD16
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8:05am Sat 16 Feb 13

bcfcincheshire says...

Today's London match is every bit as important for the club's future mind.....need points and form going into next week....
'Overland, underground, travelling free....the Wembley bound Yorkshiremen of Bradford are we!'
Today's London match is every bit as important for the club's future mind.....need points and form going into next week.... 'Overland, underground, travelling free....the Wembley bound Yorkshiremen of Bradford are we!' bcfcincheshire
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8:29am Sat 16 Feb 13

Freddy says...

*
WEMBERLEE--WEMBERLEE !!

WER'E THE FAMOUS BRADFORD CITY
AND WER'E GOING TO WEMBERLEE !
*
Not heard that one yet ???
SING IT TODAY??.
*
I Hope McCardle makes the Subs Bench along with Davies. We will then have an even stronger back -up.
*
Today is another Cup-Final. All the Teams in Div.2 will want to beat the League Cup Finalists ( and WINNERS!!)*
*
C'Mon City--C'Mon City-C'Mon City!!!.
* WEMBERLEE--WEMBERLEE !! WER'E THE FAMOUS BRADFORD CITY AND WER'E GOING TO WEMBERLEE ! * Not heard that one yet ??? SING IT TODAY??. * I Hope McCardle makes the Subs Bench along with Davies. We will then have an even stronger back -up. * Today is another Cup-Final. All the Teams in Div.2 will want to beat the League Cup Finalists ( and WINNERS!!)* * C'Mon City--C'Mon City-C'Mon City!!!. Freddy
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10:25am Sat 16 Feb 13

al&co says...

Arrived down here last night.

Crucial game today and player attitude before the Wembley Final will play a massive part.

Port Vale found Wimbledon hard recently and we will need our best work ethic and mindset to win.

Last Tuesday was a great result against a good side so let's hope we can take that performance forward and get three valuable points today.

Good luck boys and to all our supporters who will play an important part in today's game.

Let's all get behind the team - it'll be a tough one...but one we can win!
Arrived down here last night. Crucial game today and player attitude before the Wembley Final will play a massive part. Port Vale found Wimbledon hard recently and we will need our best work ethic and mindset to win. Last Tuesday was a great result against a good side so let's hope we can take that performance forward and get three valuable points today. Good luck boys and to all our supporters who will play an important part in today's game. Let's all get behind the team - it'll be a tough one...but one we can win! al&co
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10:31am Sat 16 Feb 13

gentlemanbob says...

Hi Gents

Hope you get a Quick Fix Rory..



Yours

Gentlemanbob
Hi Gents Hope you get a Quick Fix Rory.. Yours Gentlemanbob gentlemanbob
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12:53pm Sat 16 Feb 13

lawsonio123 says...

Good Luck Lad I hope you make it
Good Luck Lad I hope you make it lawsonio123
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9:52pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Cityman23 says...

After City's defeat yesterday Swansea were 'massacred' by Liverpool 5-0 facing 35 Liverpool shots at goal (after the Welsh side rested five first team players). So if Swansea were 'watching' City yesterday and City watched Swansea today-neither management will have learned much about the other!!
After City's defeat yesterday Swansea were 'massacred' by Liverpool 5-0 facing 35 Liverpool shots at goal (after the Welsh side rested five first team players). So if Swansea were 'watching' City yesterday and City watched Swansea today-neither management will have learned much about the other!! Cityman23
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