City have been dealt a sizeable blow this Thursday after finding out that jet-heeled winger Kyel Reid will be sidelined until approximately the middle of November due to the groin injury he picked up at Rochdale on Tuesday.
After going for a scan on the injured area yesterday (Wednesday), Reid has been told he will be sidelined for around the next six weeks with the problem.
While obviously ruling him out for this Saturday's npower League 2 encounter at Dagenham & Redbridge, the diagnosis means Reid is likely to miss out on the next nine-to-ten games after that as well.
Parkinson confirmed: "Kyel will be out for six weeks, which is obviously a blow, we can't hide away from that."
"Kyel fell awkwardly under the challenge of another player and a bit of his tendon has broken away from the bone at the top of his groin area.
"He now faces six weeks out. There's nothing much he can do treatment-wise either at the moment.
"He'll be basically resting and icing it for the next seven days.
"Someone else gets a chance now though. We have a squad here in the building with good players in it and it's now someone else's turn to step up and take the mantel from Kyel Reid.
"We certainly have the players here to do that."
After missing the midweek draw at Rochdale with a back problem, Gary Jones faces a real fight on his hands to be fit for the weekend trip to Dagenham & Redbridge.
City will continue to monitor the all-action midfielder but at the moment it does seems likely that the Bantams will err on the side of caution.
Ricky Ravenhill, who replaced Jones in City's starting line up on Tuesday, would be in line to do so again should Jones not prove fit enough to travel.
Parkinson added: "We're not going to rush Gary back. He's done really well for us recently but he has a problem and we're not going to rush him back until he's right.
"He was keen to play against Port Vale (last Saturday) while he still had the injury.
"I don't think playing against Port Vale made the injury worse but he was in a lot of discomfort on the Sunday. That pain and discomfort has unfortunately continued.
"Ricky's a good player though. He was a key player for us last year and he will be again this season.
"He's been chomping at the bit to play and it's great to have someone of Ricky's quality to bring into the team.
"Ricky won't be seeing himself as a stop-gap and we don't either. He's in there competing for a place in midfield along with three of four other players."