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Reid set for return run-out

17 December 2012

After two and a half months on the sidelines, City winger Kyel Reid is set to make a welcome return to action this Tuesday when the Bantams take on Brentford in their F.A Cup Second Round Replay at Griffin Park.


With City boss Phil Parkinson set to shuffle his pack for the encounter with the League 1 high-flyers, Reid is in line to play some part in the tie - his first outing since tearing his groin muscle at Rochdale back in early October.


Fellow winger Zavon Hines is also set to make an appearance against the Bees as he continues on his own road back to full fitness following recent injury.


Along with the expected return of Reid, Parkinson is also likely to make a large number of changes for this Tuesday from the eleven that started at Southend United last Saturday.


Taking the opportunity to rest some of his more regular starters ahead of the busy Christmas period, the Brentford tie could give the likes of Jon McLaughlin, Alan Connell, Ricky Ravenhill and Ritchie Jones the chance for some game-time.


Nathan Doyle will definitely miss out due to suspension, while loanee trio Curtis Good, Tom Naylor and Craig Forsyth are not eligible to play for City in the F.A Cup.


Parkinson said: "We are going to make wholesale changes for this tie, I think it's the right thing to do."


"This week is a chance to give some players a much-needed rest, and we're going to take that chance.


"I just want to make this clear to supporters beforehand. They deserve to be spoken to honestly. 


"We will be going down there to put on a performance, as normal, but there will be a lot of changes made.


"Some of the lads won't even travel down with us to London, they'll stay up here in Bradford to train.


"Players who need a game, like Zavon and Reidy, will get one.


"They will play some part in the game, not all of it though because they are not ready to play 90 minutes at the moment.


"If we didn't have this game tomorrow, we probably still would have arranged a friendly somewhere to give the likes of Zav and Reidy the chance to get some game-time in.


"We have players who need games now because once the Christmas period comes around, we're going to need all the players at our disposal as possible."



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