Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Head count needed for Wigan

27 October 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson admits he will have to make a head count before naming his side for next Tuesday's Capital One Cup Fourth Round tie at Premier League side Wigan Athletic.

Barring any last-minute appeal, Ricky Ravenhill will sit out the tie suspended after his Burton Albion red, while Andrew Davies (knee) and Luke Oliver (achilles) are also almost certain to miss out as well due to their injuries picked up in the same game.

Despite making his return from injury against the Brewers, Gary Jones may not feature at the DW Stadium either after Parkinson acknowledged that the midfielder might not be ready for two games in four days.

Craig Forsyth will definitely miss out as the winger is cup-tied after playing in the competition for Watford against City earlier this season, although Nahki Wells will be available after completing his one-match suspension.

Parkinson said: "Olly's (Luke Oliver) doesn't look good at all with his achilles. 

"Dava's (Andrew Davies) knee has swollen up at half-time, I think he's strained it during the first half, so he had to come off as well.

"I would say right now it seems like there's absolutely no chance of them playing on Tuesday (at Wigan).

"Ideally we only wanted to give Gary 10-15 minutes towards the end today but Ricky's sending off has obviously changed all that.

"We'll have to see how he is tomorrow (Sunday) because he has to be absolutely right to play in these next two cup games (Wigan and Northampton in the F.A Cup).

"I don't want to lose him again by playing him too much, too soon.

"We certainly have a lot of thinking to do as we travel back (from Burton)"

With Oliver's injury in particular having the potential to be quite a serious one, Parkinson hasn't ruled out the possibility of dipping back into the transfer market soon.

The Bantams boss added: "I don't think we'll be able to get anyone in for the cup games but we'll have to sit down with the two chairmen and make some decisions."

Advertisement block