MARK Hughes will greet Abo Eisa like a new signing at Bradford (Park Avenue) tomorrow.

The winger aims to put an injury-wrecked first year with City behind him and start again under the Welshman.

Eisa featured just five times last season after two long-term hamstring absences.

But Hughes is delighted to see him back in the pre-season fray – and ready for a run-out at the Horsfall Stadium.

The City boss said: “Abo is fit and well and training well and has done all the sessions.

“He’s one of those players we haven’t seen a great deal of – just 10 minutes in the last game.

“He could very well be viewed as a new signing and that’s probably how he’ll feel. He’s got another opportunity to make an impression.”

Eisa’s late appearance off the bench against Carlisle on the final day of the season was his first since being forced off injured at former club Scunthorpe in November.

“It was important we gave him that,” added Hughes. “After coming back from the injury, he’d been training for a number of weeks beforehand.

“I just felt maybe he wasn’t quite ready in his own mind but those 10 minutes or so cleared those thoughts from him and he knows he’s sound at the moment. It’s a fresh start for him.”

Hughes confirmed that Liam Ridehalgh, Levi Sutton and Luke Hendrie will not be involved in the opening friendly.

“Levi and Liam had little repairs in the summer they are still coming back from but they aren’t far away.

“Hendo just had a tight calf, so he hasn’t trained yet with us. I’d imagine he should be okay by the middle of next week.”