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Double injury doubt after Cobblers tie

14 November 2012

Despite seeing his Bantams side battle their way through to the F.A Cup with Budweiser Second Round in thrilling fashion against Northampton Town this Tuesday evening, City boss Phil Parkinson has strongly hinted that further reinforcements will probably be required following injuries to James Meredith and Zavon Hines during the tie.

City eventually defeated Northampton Town 4-2 on penalties in their first round replay at the Coral Windows Stadium but lost Meredith and Hines to injury during the game.

Hines lasted less than half an hour before being replaced by Adam Baker after injuring his ankle, while Meredith was forced to go off with a hip flexor problem before the beginning of the second period of extra time.

With City having already made all three substitutions before Meredith's withdrawal, the left back's absence meant Parkinson's side had to play the final fifteen minutes of the tie with only ten men.

Despite not quite knowing the exact extent of the pair's injuries, Parkinson could very easily be without the duo for Saturday's home League 2 fixture with Exeter City, leaving the Bantams boss to ponder over the possibility bringing in fresh faces to the club.

Parkinson said: "We're pleased to be through, but it's taken its toil on our squad because we've picked up a couple of injuries tonight (Tuesday)".

"We now need a regroup with myself and the chairmen this week because we have another batch of games coming up soon and I need to make sure we are strong enough to get through those matches.

"It looks like Mez (James Meredith) has strained his hip flexor which is the sort of injury you might get through pure tiredness - something which could always happen with someone like him who has had to play pretty much game in, game out.

"I felt last week that we still needed some more players given the demands we are putting on our current group with all these games we are playing.

"This period between now and January is crucial, and it's important that we keep this momentum going.

"It's great to see the fans queuing around the block to buy Arsenal tickets. There is a real positivity around the ground - helped by tonight - but we've got to keep it there.

"If that means bringing in a couple of players, then we've got to do it.

"We have a great good of lads here but we might just need a little bit of help now to try and carry on what we're doing here."

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