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Meredith to start Wycombe match

18 March 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson has confirmed that James Meredith will start tomorrow (Tuesday) night's match with Wycombe Wanderers.

The Australian, who was an unused substitute for Saturday's loss at Exeter City, has not started a first team game for the Bantams since the club's match at Morecambe on New Year's Day.

Up until recently, the left back had been sidelined since that game after being diagnosed with glandular fever in January, but he did play in two reserve matches last week before his appearance on the bench at Exeter.

Given the severity of the illness, it had been feared at one stage that Meredith might be out for the whole season.

It is a great relief to Parkinson then that he can return the defender back into his starting eleven for the visit of Wycombe this Tuesday.

Parkinson said: "As you can see from Saturday (at Exeter City), Mez (James Meredith) is now back with the squad and he will start tomorrow.

"He has worked really hard in recent weeks to get back and he has two sets of forty-five minutes under his belt from games with the reserves.

"It is similar a bit to when we put Andrew (Davies) back in the team after his injury, Mez is going to have to continue to get his match fitness levels up in the first team.

"We haven't got time to wait around - we need a player of his quality back as soon as possible. 

"It is certainly a bonus to have Mez back. At one stage, I think we all felt he would be out for the season because glandular fever can be a very serious illness. 

"But he has the all-clear now and he is training well.

"Whether he plays the full ninety (minutes) or not, we'll have to see, but he will certainly start the game."

With Andrew Davies suffering no effects from the whack to his nose he took in the opening minute at Exeter, City's only pre-match concern is over Nathan Doyle.

The midfielder has a dead leg and is a slight doubt for the Wycombe fixture as a result.

Parkinson added: "Doyley (Nathan Doyle) has a dead leg. We'll have to have a look at it ahead of tomorrow night.

"He didn't train today (Monday) but he will possibly be ok for tomorrow. It's only a minor injury, and if he's not right for tomorrow, he'll certainly be fine for Saturday (vs Bristol Rovers)."

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