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McCALL WELCOMES CHICKSEN'S TRAINING GROUND RETURN

23 August 2017

Bantams boss Stuart McCall has welcomed the sight of Adam Chicksen back at City's training ground this week following the defender's opening day injury.

Chicksen returned to light training on Monday after two weeks' enforced rest following the concussion he picked up during the early stages of the Blackpool game.

The left back is still probably another fortnight off full contact training with the rest of the group due the fractured cheekbone he picked up the same incident, but City have made moves to try and speed up his return back into first team contention.

The club have chosen to get Chicksen fitted for a protective mask, similiar to the one used by former Bantam Billy Clarke during the 2016 Play-Off semi-finals with Millwall.

McCall said: "It is great to have Chicks (Adam Chicksen) back.

"He has been doing some running with Shorty (Chris Short, fitness coach) on the pitch and some work in the gym.

"He's been working hard over the last couple of days and he is itching to get back involved.

"The aim is to try and get him involved with the warm-up and passing drills - all the non-contract work.

"The surgeon was quite confident he could do full contact training four weeks after the incident, which is obviously another fortnight away now.

"Fitness-wise, he looks in great shape so we're sure he'll be ready to get back involved by then.

"We've ordered him a mask so we are expecting it to arrive soon."


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