Bradford will be without suspended winger Omar Daley for their home clash with Northampton.

Daley was shown a straight red card for violent conduct after elbowing Chesterfield's Dan Gray last Saturday, just nine minutes after stepping off the substitutes' bench, and will sit out the first of a three-game ban.

But Scott Neilson has returned from his loan spell at Cambridge United and is expected to be recalled to the bench in Daley's place.

Goalkeeper Matt Glennon (shoulder) and defender Jonathan Bateson (ill) missed out last week but will also return to the squad.

Manager Peter Taylor will be without striker James Hanson (hamstring) and defender Simon Ramsden (calf) again, though, as the Bantams look to extend their unbeaten league run to five matches.

Northampton manager Ian Sampson has confirmed striker Adebayo Akinfenwa will play despite not being fully fit.

The top scorer returned from an ankle injury against Shrewsbury last weekend and helped the Cobblers to a 2-0 win which kept their play-off dreams alive and will again play through the pain barrier.

Sampson said: "Bayo hasn't trained all week but he will be available for Saturday.

"He is probably still only about 60% fit but it's just a case now of getting him through the games and hopefully he'll have the same impact at Bradford that he did against Shrewsbury.

"Bayo has got a real presence about him, his hold up play is good and I don't think any centre-half likes playing against him. Any team probably has a stand-out player and Bayo is ours."

Midfielder Luke Guttridge serves the third and final game of his ban while Andy Holt will shake off a heel problem to continue to fill in at centre-half.

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