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Thompson in Bury squad

3 August 2012

Summer signing Garry Thompson could be in line for his first action in City colours tomorrow after Bantams boss Phil Parkinson confirmed the attacker is in his squad for tomorrow's home friendly with Bury.

Thompson, who signed on a one year deal in early July after leaving Scunthorpe United at the end of last season, has missed out on City's first four pre-season friendlies with a slight hamstring strain.

But the 31 year old has now returned to training this week to give him a chance of making his debut in front of the City fans at the Coral Windows Stadium this Saturday.

Parkinson has revealed that Thompson certainly won't feature from the start but he should get a late run out from the substitutes' bench.

After missing City's last two friendlies - the Bray Wanderers and Guiseley fixtures - Andrew Davies will not be risked again against the League 1 Shakers, however.

"Garry Thompson is back and available to us for tomorrow, which is obviously a big plus," revealed Parkinson.

"Andrew Davies won't be involved tomorrow though. He was ill over last weekend and he was then feeling a bit of tightness in his thigh on Tuesday.

"It is nothing serious but we just won't be taking any risks with him. He should be back in training early next week though.

"Garry has trained with us the last couple of days and has looked really sharp.

"He's chomping at the bit to play, we won't start him, but he will most probably get some part of the game."

Although Thompson won't be in the first eleven, striker Ross Hannah could be in line for a place in City's starting berth after Parkinson admitted he's been impressed by the 26 year old since his return from the summer break.

Parkinson added: "He's (Ross) come back for training this summer looking a different athlete.

"He's still the same player with the same great finishing qualities but he has definitely improved in terms of his athletic ability.

"He's certainly pushing (for a starting place) because he looks like scoring every time he's on the pitch.

"We did some finishing yesterday (Thursday) and his finishing was as good as any player I've seen recently. 

"Left foot or right foot, he's there. We're working on his heading, and that is improving all the time as well.

"But looking at his finishing in training recently, you just get the feeling that if we can get the ball to Ross in the right positions then it'll end up in the back of the net."

As he did against Guiseley on Wednesday, Parkinson is set to name a strong line up for the visit of Bury this weekend.

The Bantams boss says that changes will still take place during the game though, as he looks to balance his squad appropriately ahead of next Saturday's trip to Notts County in the Capital One Cup.

"There will be substitutions in the game. There will be players, like Garry Thompson, that we will be looking to give game time to from the bench," confirmed Parkinson.

"There are players like Gary Jones, who played 90 minutes on Wednesday (at Guiseley). It will be unlikely that those players like Gary will go the distance tomorrow.

"We will just assess all of our players separately to see which players need to stay out and get the match minutes and which players might need resting later in the game.

"There are also a couple of players carrying knocks so we will have to assess them as well. Nothing major though, apart from obviously Ricky's injury.

"We've got a few more trialists that we have invited in who will feature tomorrow. We also have some more coming in next week as well."

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