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Waiting game for Rory

5 February 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson says City will wait until the swelling around Rory McArdle's ankle has completely gone down before deciding what to do next with the injured defender.

McArdle left Fleetwood Town's Highbury Stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot at the weekend after twisting his ankle during the first half of City's encounter with the Cod Army.

Thankfully, the swelling around McArdle's injured left ankle has reduced dramatically since Saturday, and while he still has to wear his protective boot when walking around, the 25 year-old is now just about able to get a boot or trainer on.

Despite this slighlty encouraging news though, Parkinson thinks it is still too early to know exactly what is going to happen with the defender in the near future.

"It's hard to put a timescale on things with Rory," admitted Parkinson.

"We will have to wait until the swelling goes down around his ankle before deciding whether it needs scanning or not.

"We will obviously get it scanned should we feel it's necessary to get the clearest picture of what is going on but we can't do anything really until the swelling goes down fully."

Another player to pick up an injury at Fleetwood on Saturday - Nahki Wells - is looking further ahead in his own recovery process, although the groin problem that forced him off early at Highbury Stadium could still rule him out of Saturday's home game with Gillingham.

In other injury-related news, Andrew Davies has taken his first steps back into full training this week since damaging his knee at Burton Albion in October.

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