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25 April 2013

Steve Parkin admits the Bantams are looking into the possibility of making changes for this weekend's trip to Cheltenham Town - but City's assistant says there will be no weakening of the team for the clash with the Robins.


With City's Play-Off place secure thanks to victory over Burton Albion last weekend, Bantams boss Phil Parkinson had hinted after the game that some alterations might be made for the Cheltenham trip with the aim of resting one or two squad members.


After coming off with a groin injury in the first half of the Burton game, Kyel Reid almost certainly won't be risked this weekend with City's Play-Off Semi-Final home leg only five days later.


Andrew Davies (calf) and James Meredith (hip) have also had their recent injury problems but both players trained today (Thursday) in preparation for Saturday's final game of the regular season.


The Bantams go into their last league match before the Play-Offs knowing that opponents Cheltenham must win on Saturday to have any chance of pipping Rotherham United to the third and final automatic promotion spot.


Despite this fact though, Parkin says City won't be turning up to the Abbey Business Stadium simply to be the fall guys.


Parkin said: "I think anyone who saw training today will have seen a group of hungry players looking to kick lumps out of each other. There was no relaxing or easing off certainly.


"Saturday is a game where we may make changes but any changes made certainly won't affect the strength of our side.


"We have used 99.9% of this group of players at varying stages of this season. They have been called upon off the bench and for some important cup games.


"We have a relatively small group of players in our dressing room but it is a good group.


"It is a good group of players here who are still really focused.


"Putting the Play-Offs to one side for the moment, we are just really looking forward to this final league game.


"It's a challenge to play Cheltenham at any stage of the season - they have been up there all year - but it is a game we are really looking forward to.


"They (Cheltenham) have a big prize on offer this Saturday if things go their way but we have to try and win the game ourselves.


"Sometimes end-of-season games can fizzle out into nothing, but there is too much with this one (Saturday's game) for that to happen.


"Obviously Kyel Reid has not trained today, but everybody else has.


"Andrew Davies is back in training now, James Meredith is back in training now, so I think it really is a case of looking over all of our options and picking the best team for the weekend.


"We'll see how the players react to a reasonably hard session today and tomorrow and then make a decision on the team.


"In general though, the players are in a good place at the moment - they are very motivated - and there is no way on this earth that they will take the game lightly in any way shape or form whichever team is selected."


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