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Davies set for lengthy spell out?

1 November 2012

City look very likely to be dealt another defensive hammer blow after being told to expect Andrew Davies to be sidelined for a lengthy spell.


Despite initially hoping for the best, tests this week on Davies' knee problem seem to suggest that the central defender could be ruled out for anything up to three to four months.


The Bantams are hoping to clarify Davies' exact position as soon as possible so that it can be decided whether the former Stoke City and Middlesbrough man needs an operation or not. 


The disheartening news comes barely days after City found out that Davies' regular defensive partner Luke Oliver would be ruled out for the season with a ruptured achilles.


Both Davies and Oliver's injuries came in last weekend's Burton Albion fixture - a match which also saw Ricky Ravenhill pick up a three-game suspension for a straight red card.


City assistant Steve Parkin said: "The main news we have received about Andrew this week is that he could well be missing for three to four months."


"Nothing has been confirmed yet but it's looking like he'll certainly be out for a while.


"It's a major blow to us, especially after losing Olly (Luke Oliver) in the same game."


With Davies looking set to join Oliver on City's long term injury list, City boss Phil Parkinson has now put bringing in defensive reinforcements right near the top of his priority list over the coming days.


Parkin continued: "It is certainly important now that we look to bring in new recruits to strengthen the squad back up."


"The manager has been busy today (Thursday) looking at players in a game. We know we need to add new players to help us with all the games we have coming up.


"Carl (McHugh) has come in and performed well in these last couple of games, but we can't leave it to players like Carl to do it all themselves.


"Carl has the potential to be a very good player for Bradford City, but asking players to play eight and nine games at their peak in a month is very difficult.


"When you get three games in a week like we have been doing recently, it is important to bring fresh legs into the side and to get more strength in depth into the squad. That is what we'll be trying to do now."



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