Bradford v Chesterfield preview
Bradford will be without Simon Ramsden and Leon Osborne, while Jamie Lowry, Phil Picken and Drew Talbot are doubts for Chesterfield.
Last Updated: 25/09/09 11:46am
Bradford will be without defender Simon Ramsden and winger Leon Osborne for the home clash with Chesterfield.
Ramsden strained his groin in last week's 2-2 draw at Barnet and was replaced by Jonathan Bateson, who will step up to the starting line-up on Saturday.
Teenager Osborne, a regular on the bench this season and poised to make his first-team breakthrough, bruised his knee when colliding with advertising hoardings in a reserve-team clash.
Striker Peter Thorne (groin) is still not ready to return and Steven O'Leary is sidelined with a broken toe.
James Hanson and Gareth Evans are expected to resume their partnership up front and that means a place on the bench for Michael Boulding, while Chris Brandon will be hoping to play a bigger part as he was an unused substitute at Barnet.
Manager John Sheridan will check on three players ahead of the Spireites' trip.
Top scorer Jamie Lowry, defender Phil Picken and forward Drew Talbot are all slight doubts.
Winger Lowry scored his sixth goal of the season before he was withdrawn as a precautionary measure at half-time in the 4-1 home win over Macclesfield last weekend.
Full-back Picken had to come off midway through the first half of that game following a whack to the ribs.
Talbot sustained a knee injury in the defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge but a virus ruled him out against the Silkmen.
Blues boss John Sheridan said: "The scan on his knee came back all clear. He has resumed training and hopefully he'll be back and ready for Bradford."