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One in, one out?

25 October 2012

It could well be a case of one in and one out for the Bantams this weekend as Phil Parkinson sits down to think over the exact make-up of his travelling party for his side's trip to Burton Albion this Saturday.

With Nahki Wells suspended for the match due to his collection of five bookings, the trio of Alan Connell, Zavon Hines and Will Atkinson will all be looking to take his place in City's line up at the Pirelli Stadium.

Whoever gets the nod to replace Wells in Parkinson's starting eleven, his place on the Bantams bench could well be taken by the returning Gary Jones.

City's influential midfielder has been making positive progress in training over the past week or so after being hampered by a back injury for the last month. 

Following training sessions on the pitch ahead of the recent victories over Cheltenham Town and Northampton Town, Jones could now be in line to make his full return to City's match-day squad this weekend.

Ahead of the game at Burton, assistant manager Steve Parkin said: "We have lots of good options available to us (to replace Nahki Wells)."

"We have the pace of Zavon (Hines) to call upon or we have craft and guile in the shape of Alan Connell.

"If we wanted to, we could also look to play Will (Atkinson) in that little hole behind the main striker. Will has certainly played that role before.

"We could even look to use Garry Thompson's power and strength and move him up top.

"Gary (Jones) has had a tough four or five weeks since his injury.

"The important thing for us now, however, is that he's getting fully fit and he's fully on the mend. He has been training terrifically well recently and he is certainly pushing himself forward for selection.

"Whether it's a bit earlier for this Saturday, we'll have to see. 

"He's certainly back in the fold though."

Eagle-eyed supporters at Northampton Town on Tuesday night may have noticed City physio Matt Barrass out jogging with Luke Oliver during the half-time interval.

Oliver's impromptu run-out ahead of the second half at Sixfields Stadium was to prevent a sore achilles from stiffening up.

As Parkin concludes, however, the knock won't prevent the tough defender from lining up against Burton.

"He just had a slight bit of tightness in his achilles - we just wanted to keep him on the move," added Parkin.

"We wanted to make sure he was ready to go for the second half. He'll be fine (for Saturday)."

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