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Ricky's race against time

21 March 2013

City midfielder Ricky Ravenhill's x-rays on his injured shin have come back all-clear - but the battling ball-winner still faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday's home match with Bristol Rovers.

Ravenhill was forced to hobble off during the second half of Tuesday's win over Wycombe Wanderers after coming off worse following a 50-50 tackle with Wycombe midfielder Josh Scowen.

With the midfielder's shin badly swollen following the incident, the Bantams sent Ravenhill off for precautionary x-rays following the game to check that there were no breaks or fractures to go with the bruising.

The x-rays on Ravenhill's injured leg confirmed there is nothing more than bruising around the midfielder's shin but this will still make him a doubt to face Bristol Rovers at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson admits there are no guarantees Ravenhill will be fit for action against the Pirates but he will give his midfielder as long as possible to prove his fitness.

Parkinson said: "It was a real shame to see Ricky come off against Wycombe.

"His infectious enthusiasm and determination in the first half really spread throughout the rest of our team. After the way he played on Tuesday, we'll be giving him as long as he needs."  

Ravenhill himself added: "The club got it (the injury) checked out straight after the game, and thankfully the x-rays have come back all clear. It is just bruising, but it is still pretty sore on my shin and the muscles around it.

"Hopefully I can get all the bruising out and the swelling down as soon as possible to give myself a chance to play at the weekend.

"Fingers crossed that I still have a chance to play on Saturday."

Regardless of Ravenhill's fitness though, his team-mate Carl McHugh will definitely be available to Parkinson for this weekend despite his recent Republic of Ireland call up.

McHugh, who has been called up to the Republic of Ireland Under 21s squad for their match with Portugal next Monday, was due to meet up with the Irish squad this Saturday morning, meaning he would have missed out on the Bristol Rovers encounter.

The Irish F.A have, however, now agreed for McHugh to join up with the rest of their Under 21s group after Saturday's match with Rovers.

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