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Hanson doubtful again

9 November 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson admits he is still not sure whether James Hanson will be fit enough to make a return from illness this Saturday when the Bantams travel to take on Aldershot Town in League 2 action.

Hanson missed out on Tuesday's goalless home draw against Chesterfield with a virus - his first absence from a City match all season.

The giant striker is believed to be over the worst of the illness but with a long journey down to Aldershot and an overnight stop in the pipeline this weekend, Parkinson is still worried about the potential of Hanson passing on the virus to his team-mates.

Parkinson said: "It's nothing major for James - he is definitely getting better."

"The main concern for us, however, is not just whether James will be fit enough to cope with a match, but if he could pass it on.

"If he comes back and the doctor still feels he's contagious, it's obviously best that we keep him away.

"If he's not fit enough for the weekend though, he should be perfectly fine for next Tuesday (vs Northampton Town - F.A Cup)

"Without being detrimental to our other strikers, we felt that Tuesday night's game would have really suited James' game.

"He would definitely be a loss if he were to miss out again this Saturday, but we have Alan Connell, Nahki Wells and Garry Thompson as good options."

Along with Hanson, Ritchie Jones is believed to be a doubt for the trip to Aldershot as well after reporting a sore back during the week.

Ricky Ravenhill is back in the frame, however, after completing a three-match ban for his recent Burton Albion red card.

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