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Duo benefit from break

18 October 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson says defensive duo Andrew Davies and Luke Oliver have benefitted more than most from the club's break in their recent run of midweek fixtures this week.

After four successive Tuesday night fixtures, the Bantams have taken advantage of their first 'free' week in over month by allowing some of their players to rest up bumps and bruises during the last couple of days.

Centre half pairing Davies and Oliver, in particular, have used the short period to try and clear up old knocks.

Oliver had been nursing a hip problem he picked up in the recent defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge, while Davies has been suffering with a sore knee for the past few games.

Parkinson said: "Both of those two (Oliver and Davies) needed a bit of time to get some sharpness back and to clear up their minor injuries."

"Luke’s had his hip problem that most people have been aware of, while Davo’s had some swelling around his knee.

"It was nothing major, but it needed time to settle down.

"Today (Thursday) was the first day that he’s training properly since last week. He looked perfectly good when we got him out there though.

"It was important that we got those little injuries right because players can only play with problems like that for so long."

While Davies and Oliver were fixing up old injuries, fellow defender Rory McArdle was away on international duty with Northern Ireland.

Although McArdle did not take to the field during the Northern Irish's heroic draw in Portugal, Parkinson was still glad to have him back in his squad without injury and back in contention for Saturday.

Parkinson added: "It was great for Rory to be part of the squad that got a terrific result for Northern Ireland in Portugal."

"I don’t think anyone fancied them to get a draw out there.

"It’s good to have him back in one piece now though. He’s had a little break from things while he’s been away and he’s come back refreshed.

"He’s in contention for Saturday now and his availability certainly gives us food for thought.

"Stephen Darby did well in his place against York City last weekend and the two centre halves have also done well."

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