Bristol Rovers v Bradford preview

Sheffield Wednesday will include Jeremy Helan and Mamady Sidibe

in their squad for Saturday’s Championship clash with Leicester at


Manchester City defender Helan and Stoke striker Sidibe could

both make their Owls debuts after joining the club on loan, but

manager Dave Jones will be without teenage midfielder Ross Barkley,

who has returned to parent club Everton.

Jones must decide whether to recall Chris Lines, who had been

sidelined for three months before returning to the squad for last

week’s defeat at Nottingham Forest, Rhys McCabe or Paul Corry to

fill the gap left by Barkley.

Wednesday captain Martin Taylor is hoping to win a recall in

central defence alongside Anthony Gardner as Miguel Llera sits out

a one-game ban for reaching five yellow cards, while striker Chris

O’Grady is struggling to shake off a foot problem.

Leicester’s leading goalscorer David Nugent will miss the trip

but experienced defender Paul Konchesky is back in the Foxes


A neck injury forced Nugent off during the 2-2 draw with

Nottingham Forest earlier this month and the problem flared up

again last weekend against Ipswich, with the striker having to be

withdrawn after half an hour – but not until he had scored twice to

help put Leicester 3-0 up in a game they went on to win 6-0.

Nugent, who has scored nine goals in his last 12 outings, is

also likely to sit out Tuesday night’s match against Leeds at

Elland Road.

Wednesday fan Jamie Vardy, Nugent’s replacement against the

Tractor Boys, will be keen to get the nod again after he was

rejected by the Owls as a teenager before rebuilding his career in

non-league football.

Foxes boss Nigel Pearson also has Marko Futacs as an option

after the big Hungarian came on as a substitute against Ipswich to

score his first League goal for the club.

Makeshift left-back Jeff Schlupp could also revert to his usual

striking role as Konchesky is fit again after a two-match absence

with a hamstring injury.

Bristol Rovers’ new signing Guy Branston could go straight into

the starting line-up to face his former club Bradford.

The 33-year-old ex-Torquay centre-back joined on Thursday after

fellow defender Tom Parkes suffered an ankle injury in the 4-0

defeat at Port Vale on Tuesday.

Mark McGhee is also expected to include on-loan Chelsea keeper

Sam Walker in his side after Fulham recalled Neil Etheridge to

Craven Cottage.

Meanwhile Rovers hope on-loan Leicester defender Cian Bolger

will return to the club next Wednesday after a three-month absence

with a knee injury. Bolger is set to play in two practice games for

parent club Leicester over the weekend.

McGhee’s men host Bradford with two points separating them from

rock-bottom Barnet at the foot of npower League Two.

Bradford’s latest loan signings Blair Turgott and Curtis Good

could go straight into the squad after arriving from West Ham and

Newcastle respectively.

England Under-19 international Turgott will stay at the club for

two months, while Good will also stay until the new year.

Manager Phil Parkinson, already without defenders Andrew Davies

(knee) and Luke Oliver (Achilles) due to season-ending injuries,

drafted in John Egan on loan from Sunderland as cover, but broke

his right leg in the midweek win over Plymouth. Fellow Irishman

Carl McHugh replaced Egan alongside Rory McArdle at the


Defenders Stephen Darby (hip) and James Meredith (groin) shook

off their respective injuries to last the full 90 minutes in

midweek and will continue, but striker Zavon Hines will be

sidelined for another two to three weeks after a scan revealed the

full extent of his ankle injury.

Midfielder Ritchie Jones returned to contention on Tuesday night

following a back problem and could feature on the bench again.