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Lincoln City Vs Bradford City, Sat 23 Jan 2010

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Manager Chris Sutton will pick from an unchanged squad for Lincoln`s home game against Bradford.

That is because on-loan Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker has extended his stay at Sincil Bank until the end of the season.

Paul Connor got 90 minutes under his belt in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Norwich in midweek and looks to have recovered from the long-term knee injury that has blighted his first season at the club.

The striker is still short of match fitness but he could feature on the bench, as he did at Barnet last weekend.

Midfielder Stefan Oakes remains doubtful with the hamstring injury he sustained over the Christmas period, but the rest of the squad are fit so Sutton is not expected to make major changes.

Bradford defender Steve Williams will return to the squad following suspension.

Centre-half Williams, who missed the midweek defeat at Bury due to a one-game ban, is vying with Matt Clarke for a place alongside skipper Zesh Rehman in central defence.

But manager Stuart McCall is expected to be without striker James Hanson, who sustained a back injury in training, while Lee Bullock, who also missed out on Tuesday night, is rated 50/50 due to a calf strain.

Winger Omar Daley stepped off the substitutes' bench for the last 30 minutes at Gigg Lane and edged closer to his first start since returning from a ruptured cruciate ligament in recent weeks.

Veteran striker Peter Thorne (calf) and Stephen O'Leary (broken toe) are not yet ready to return to the squad.

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