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Hanson doubtful for Chesterfield

5 November 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson has revealed that James Hanson is a doubt for Tuesday's npower League 2 home fixture with Chesterfield after missing training today (Monday) with a virus.

Apart from the long-term injured trio of Luke Oliver, Kyel Reid and Andrew Davies, plus the suspended Ricky Ravenhill, Hanson was the only senior player missing from the training pitch this morning as City put together their final preparations for tomorrow night.

Hanson was expected to battle it out with Nahki Wells, Alan Connell and Garry Thompson for one of City's striking berths but Parkinson admits a late call will now have to be made regarding the involvement of the giant striker.

Parkinson said: "Big Hanse (James Hanson) has picked up a virus so we will have to make a late decision over him."

"It's similar to the sort of thing Ritchie Jones had last week.

"He (Hanson) wasn't in today but we'll have to see if he improves any more tomorrow."

The question mark over Hanson's fitness is just one of a number of selection posers Parkinson will need to think through ahead of the visit of the Spireities this Tuesday.

New loan signing John Egan is in contention for his first start following the completion of his temporary transfer from Sunderland, while Craig Forsyth is now back available after being ineligible for City's recent cup double-header.

The Bantams boss also made changes to his starting eleven for the Wigan Athletic and Northampton Town cup ties last week, with several players impressing during either one or both of those recent matches.

After coming through both ties unbeaten, Parkinson knows he can turn to pretty much all of his squad members when selecting a side for tomorrow night or in the future.

Parkinson added:"As I said after the game on Saturday and again to the players this morning, it's all about the squad at the moment."

"It's not just about the eleven players selected for a particular match.

"I have a squad of players here who can all play. Everyone here is good enough to start and to make a contribution.

"Whoever is left out for tomorrow night, they know that they have to keep going to make sure they are ready for when their next chance comes around.

"We will have to keep chopping and changing things slightly over this next run of games to make sure we always put out the strongest and freshest team possible in every single game."

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