Torquay are set to be boosted by the return from injury of experienced winger Wayne Carlisle for the home game against Bradford.

Carlisle (groin) was sidelined for the 1-1 draw at Barnet on Tuesday and also missed last Saturday's 3-2 home defeat by Burton. In his absence, Chris Zebroski started on the wing with Elliot Benyon recalled in attack.

In both games winger Danny Stevens has been introduced from the substitutes' bench to great effect.

At Barnet, Tyrone Thompson was recalled in central midfield to replace Chris Hargreaves with midfielder Nicky Wroe captaining the side.

Hargreaves, who led the Gulls to play-off success in May, on Friday joined Oxford with immediate effect, meaning he will not be available.

Southampton winger Jake Thomson saw his loan come to an end in midweek but he has verbally agreed an extension for the rest of the season, and boss Paul Buckle is hoping the paperwork will be completed in time for him to feature this weekend.

Bradford will be without striker James Hanson and midfielder James O'Brien.

Hanson has missed the last two games with a back problem, which has since been diagnosed as a torn muscle, and could be sidelined for several weeks. O'Brien will be out for at least a month following surgery on his nose.

Manager Stuart McCall must decide who to start with in central defence. Zesh Rehman faces a battle for his place after being replaced at half-time in Tuesday night's defeat at Lincoln, with Matthew Clarke and Steve Williams expected to continue.

Veteran striker Peter Thorne, sidelined since early October with a calf injury, and Steven O'Leary (broken foot) both made their return from injury in the reserves this Wednesday, but neither are likely to travel with the squad.

Leon Osborne (knee) also returned from injury with the second-string and is more likely to be added to the travelling party.

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