NIALL Canavan’s return could pose a selection conundrum for City after back-to-back clean sheets.

The skipper expects to be back in training in the coming days after six games on the sidelines.

But Derek Adams has been impressed with how Yann Songo’o and Paudie O’Connor have teamed up in the centre of defence to help the Bantams record successive shut-outs - and he may be reluctant to break that up.

Adams said: “We have defended very well in recent weeks.

“Yann and Paudie playing at the back have done really well as have those around them.

“They are both very good, they are quick and strong and defend one-v-one duels very well. They also communicate well which helps.

“Niall is getting closer and due to be in training this week as well as (Caolan) Lavery, so we’ll look at them and see how they are.

“We’ll look at their situation and judge it from there.

“We’re just waiting on Lee Angol now but he’s not too far away. Hopefully we’ll have him back sooner rather than later.

“The hope is later this month because that would take him up to the timescale.”

Songo’o feels he has built up a good understanding alongside O'Connor.

“In the last two games, we have created a good partnership in the back four," he said. "We’ve got two clean sheets and hopefully we can carry that on.”

City are building up to a home double header with Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers heading to Valley Parade on Saturday followed by league new boys Hartlepool three days later.

“Every home game is important,” added Adams. “We’ve done really well at home and probably feel we should have more wins than we do.

“We’ve created a lot of opportunities and have players coming back to fitness looking forward to playing again. You look at the way we have played at home, there has been an excitement.”