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Gray injury woe

13 July 2013

City striker Andy Gray is set to miss the club's trip to Ireland next week after suffering a suspected broken arm during the Bantams' pre-season friendly win at Guiseley AFC this Saturday.

After coming on as a half-time replacement, Gray had to leave the field midway through the second period after appearing to fall awkwardly on his left arm. The injury came shortly after City's second goal in their 4-0 win over the Blue Square Bet North side.

The striker was sent for scans on the injury this Saturday evening but City medical staff certainly believe at this stage Gray has unfortunately suffered a break.

If, as expected, the arm does prove to be broken, Gray will be forced to stay home while the rest of the squad jet off to Ireland on Sunday to begin their week-long stay in the country as part of their pre-season preparations.

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson said: "Unfortunately it looks like he has broken his arm. We won't know for certain until we get the x-rays but it does look that way.

"It is a blow for Andy because he has come back looking really fit. He has worked hard on his fitness over the summer and he has been towards the front with all the running tests. He has shown a great attitude in training so far, so it is a blow.

"These things do happen, however, and we'll get him back as soon as we can."

While recent recruit Jason Kennedy made his City debut against Guiseley, fellow summer signing Mark Yeates and skipper Gary Jones did not feature at Nethermoor during City's maiden friendly of pre-season. Parkinson says the pair have only minor knocks, however, and they were left out this Saturday just as a precaution.

Parkinson added: "If today (Saturday) was a league game, I think they probably would have played. They should both be ok for Tuesday (vs Athlone Town)."

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