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WALSALL MATCH PREVIEW - EARLY TEAM NEWS

22 April 2016

The Bantams take on Walsall at the Coral Windows Stadium this Saturday in their penultimate home game of the regular league season.


Going into the game, City have slight doubts over the fitness of Reece Burke and Jamie Proctor.


Burke suffered a kick to his calf during Tuesday night's defeat at Coventry City while Proctor has been hampered recently with a stiff back.


The Bantams are confident that the duo should be fit to feature against the Saddlers this weekend but both will need to be assessed pre-match.


Rory McArdle and James Hanson could be in line to deputise should either one of them be deemed unfit to start.


Loanee striker Wes Thomas has missed training this week due to illness.


Fellow forward Steven Davies will start a three-match ban on Saturday after receiving a straight red card at Coventry for kicking out at Sky Blues defender Jack Stephens.


As a result, young attacker Reece Webb-Foster, who signed his maiden pro contract with the club earlier this season, has been recalled from a loan spell at Bradford (Park Avenue).


Webb-Foster scored a first half hat-trick for Avenue in a recent league fixture and also helped City's neighbours reclaim the West Riding County Cup at the Coral Windows Stadium on Tuesday evening.


For City's visitors this Saturday, leading striker Tom Bradshaw will be looking for a recall into Walsall's starting line up after returning from injury during their home draw with Swindon Town on Tuesday.


Bradshaw had been sidelined recently with a groin problem but he came off the bench in the second period at the Banks's Stadium during the week.


Right back Jason Demetriou could be an injury concern for the Saddlers, however, after appearing to go off with his own groin issue in the same Swindon match. 


He was replaced in the game by Liam Kinsella, who signed a new contract with Walsall this Thursday.


James O'Connor is likely to come in at centre half for Walsall after Everton loanee Matthew Pennington was recalled to Goodison Park ahead of their Emirates FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United this weekend.


Midfielders Reece Flanagan and Isaiah Osbourne are both ruled out due to knee injuries.


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