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MEREDITH TO BE MONITORED; HANSON AVAILABLE

17 October 2016

Bantams boss Stuart McCall says he hasn't completely ruled out James Meredith for this Tuesday's home fixture with Southend United despite the left back picking up an ankle injury at Oxford on Saturday.

Meredith was forced off early into the second period after the defender try to play on following a jarred right ankle in the first half.

McCall has revealed that the Australian has been responding well to treatment over the last day or so and the determination of the 28 year-old means he could still play a part against the Shrimpers.

Should Meredith miss out though, McCall says he has every faith in his replacement from Saturday, Matthew Kilgallon, to do a job should he be called upon again.

Speaking about Meredith's chances of featuring against Southend, McCall said: "He is probably touch and go at the moment.

"He has improved very well and he is desperate to play.

"We will certainly give him every opportunity. He is definitely better now physically and mentally than he was straight after the game.

"He is the only doubt we have at the moment, and we'll give him right up until kick off to see if he can make it.

"We have no worries about playing Killa (Matthew Kilgallon) there at left back if needed though.

"He played well on Saturday and he featured for Blackburn in that position in the Championship last season, so I have no concerns at all about playing him there."

Although Meredith is a doubt for Tuesday, James Hanson is expected to make a return to the match-day squad against Southend after spending last weekend working on his fitness while the team were down at Oxford.

McCall added: "He (James Hanson) is desperate to get out there.

"He did some good work Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and he's trained well with us today (Monday).

"He is 100% fit now and ready and raring to go."


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