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McCALL TO USE THE SQUAD FOR ECHTERDINGEN FRIENDLY

14 July 2017

Bantams boss Stuart McCall says the plan is to give his squad 45 minutes each in Saturday's pre-season friendly fixture at TV Echterdingen.

After four days training in Austria, McCall's men will end their time abroad with a fixture against the German side based just outside of Stuttgart.

The Bantams have twenty-two players with them on their trip out of the United Kingdom, with City set to select two sides - one for each half - to feature at Echterdingen's Sportpark Goldacker.

Paul Taylor and Alex Gilliead are in line for their first action of pre-season after missing last Saturday's opening friendly at Bradford Park Avenue.

The only player who might not feature in the fixture in Germany is Charlie Wyke after the striker sat out Friday training with a sore hamstring.

McCall said: "We will travel up into Germany on Saturday morning and then play the game in the afternoon, giving the lads 45 minutes each.

"We travel back into England on the Sunday, meaning we will might out on that day's training, so we might do a bit of extra work with the group after the game Saturday as well.

"Tayls (Paul Taylor) and Gilly (Alex Gilliead) have had a good week on the training pitch and they both look sharp.

"There is possibly only Charlie Wyke who might miss out due to a bit of tightness in his hamstring.

"We did a lot of power running yesterday (Thursday) and his hamstring was a bit tight, so we won't take any risks with him.

"He is keen to be involved, however, so we will judge him tomorrow (Saturday).

"Charlie aside though, the rest of the group will definitely get 45 minutes - it will be good to give them some more game-time."


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