Bradford defender Jonathan Bateson is expected to return to the starting line-up for Monday's home clash with Shrewsbury.

Simon Ramsden serves a one-game ban following his dismissal for two yellow card offences in City's last match, the 3-0 defeat at Carlisle in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Ramsden was set to miss out on Boxing Day, but the match at Bury was postponed, so Bateson could get his chance.

Winger Omar Daley is poised for his first appearance since damaging both his lateral and cruciate knee ligaments last Spring. The Jamaica international, who played the final 20 minutes at Carlisle, is likely to start on the bench.

Simon Whaley, on loan from Norwich, was cup-tied for the Carlisle match, but is back in contention and central defender Steve Williams (hamstring) is available after missing the last two matches.

Michael Boulding (ankle), Peter Thorne (hamstring) and Stephen O'Leary (foot) remain sidelined.

Shrewsbury have doubts over Waide Fairhurst.

The young striker was forced off at half-time during Boxing Day`s 2-2 draw at home to Macclesfield after suffering a knock.

Omer Riza came on to replace the frontman at the Prostar Stadium and is likely to get the nod should Fairhurst not make it. An absence for Fairhurst would likely mean his time with the club has come to an end with him poised to return to Doncaster in January.

Midfielder Terry Dunfield, who was dropped to the bench for the Macc clash, will be hoping to force his way back into the staring line-up at Valley Parade after boss Paul Simpson admitted his side were "playing with fear" after just three wins from 14 league games saw them slip out of the play-off places.

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