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Hanson to be checked before Vale

17 January 2013

Bantams striker James Hanson will need to be assessed ahead of City's trip to league leaders Port Vale this weekend to see if the giant forward has a fighting chance of featuring at Vale Park on Saturday.


Hanson, City's top-scorer last season, has sat out the club's last two games nursing a cracked little toe and is still believed to troubled by the problem.


Bantams boss Phil Parkinson admits he isn't completely sure at present whether Hanson will be ready for a return against Micky Adams' Valiants and will give the striker as long as possible to prove his fitness.


Parkinson said: "James is improving but it is still important that we give the bone the chance to heal properly."


"There was no way that he was going to play Tuesday (Crewe JPT tie), and he hasn't trained today (Thursday). He has been working in the swimming pool and in the gym instead.


"We are still keeping on top of him and making sure he does the work required like the rest of the lads, but we are having to keep him off the foot at the moment."


There is better news for Stephen Darby and Will Atkinson, however, with the pair almost certainly back in contention for starting berths after resting up knocks during the week.


Parkinson added: "Stephen and Will, in particular, certainly needed that break.


"They had been carrying various injuries in recent weeks, but they've trained today, and they looked good and refreshed."


Garry Thompson also set to return back into the first team picture for this weekend's game after missing the last five matches with knee ligament damage.


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