CITY are plotting an active finish to the transfer window whatever the injury verdict on Lee Novak.

The top scorer sees a specialist this afternoon to assess the extent of the knee problem that forced him to miss the draw at Cambridge.

The Bantams won’t know the results of the latest tests until the middle of the week and hope that Novak’s absence will not be a lengthy one.

But that will not hold up their push to bring in at least a couple more signings before the deadline next Monday night.

City have already recruited six players this month with four going out. They are still looking at another winger and possibly striker – and have a definite interest in Danny Rowe’s former team-mate Conor McAleny at Oldham.

Out-of-favour Dylan Mottley-Henry is also expected to leave.

The winger has not been included in the squad since Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars took charge and did not make the trip to Cambridge. Teenager Connor Shanks was the 19th man.

Matty Foulds was not involved because his international clearance, having recently played in Italy, did not come through until Friday tea-time when the squad had already travelled.

Danny Rowe was the only starter of the new faces and impressed on his City debut.

But Trueman is keeping his fingers crossed for better news on Novak.

He said: “Hopefully it’s not serious. We need the specialist to have a look at him before we can make a call on his return.

“It might be a week or might be a bit longer but I can’t give an answer until he’s been checked out.

“Obviously we’ve got people like Clayton (Donaldson) and young Rumarn (Burrell) in the building and Rowey’s come into the picture.

“There’s competition for Lee but hopefully it won’t be too long before he is back scoring goals for Bradford City.”

Trueman was pleased with how Rowe quickly settled in following last week’s five-figure move from Oldham.

“He is one of the cleanest strikers of a ball that I’ve worked with,” he added.

“Rowey has got that ability and always looks to get on the half-turn and try a shot. Hopefully he will score goals.

“You saw the chances he had – he injured the keeper hitting the ball that hard.

“That’s his game. We know his strengths but if he gets closed up, he will be unselfish and look to put players in.

“That’s why it’s important we build these relationships. Rowey’s only been in the building a couple of days, so they will come.

“The new faces are settling in. Obviously, we’ve had quite a bit of time to work with the team without having a game.”