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McCALL NOT RULING OUT WYKE RETURN JUST YET

17 August 2017

Bantams boss Stuart McCall is refusing to rule out Charlie Wyke for this weekend's mouth-watering home clash with promotion hopefuls Blackburn Rovers.

Wyke hasn't featured for City since the first pre-season friendly of the summer due to a hamstring injury, but the imposing forward has made a welcome return to training this week.

McCall says that Wyke will be monitored closely to see if the forward has any reaction to his step up in action on the training pitch.

Should Wyke come through unscathed, however, and without any reported set-backs, the striker could possibly now be in line for a place in City's squad for the visit of Blackburn to the Northern Commercials Stadium.

McCall said: "He (Charlie) was almost up to speed a couple of weeks ago but he felt some tightness in his hamstring and we had to hold him back again.

"He had a lot of hard training with the physios last week and he joined in with the rest of the group on Tuesday for some ball work.

"Today (Thursday), he's done the full training session, and then some extra after that.

"We'll see how he reacts to that now.

"If there is any stiffness or soreness tomorrow (Friday), then we won't take any chances with him for the weekend.

"If he comes through fine though, there is a good chance he will be added to the squad.

"That will certainly improve us."

While Wyke battles for a place among City's match-day eighteen against Blackburn, fellow forward Shay McCartan is one of a number of other players pushing for a starting berth after scoring twice in Tuesday's behind-closed-doors friendly win over Wigan Athletic.

McCall added: "It was certainly nice for him (Shay) to get those couple of goals.

"We have a lot of options up there in those attacking positions.

"On top of the news with Charlie, Tayls (Paul Taylor) and Alex Gilliead got ninety minutes at Wigan.

"We've also got (Alex) Jonesey, Dom Poleon and Omari Patrick who all started at Gillingham last weekend.

"Shay is just one of the lads who we have in attack who can play in a number of positions.

"We asked the lads who played at Wigan to give us a pleasant selection headache, and three or four of them did."


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