Bradford goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley will return into contention for the home clash against Shrewsbury but Kevin Ellison is doubtful.

Pidgeley has missed the last two games due to a thigh injury, meaning manager Peter Jackson must decide whether to keep number two Jon McLaughlin in his starting line-up.

Meanwhile, winger Ellison strained his thigh in training this week and is rated doubtful.

The Bantams boss could be short on central defenders and faces a dilemma if Luke Oliver is ruled out with the hamstring strain he sustained last week. Fellow defenders Simon Ramsden (thigh) and Shane Duff (calf) remain sidelined, leaving Steve Williams as the only recognised centre-half.

Jackson could consider midfielder Lee Bullock as a stop-gap, while Lewis Horne or Lewis Hunt provide alternative options.

Another midfielder, Jon Worthington, serves a one-game ban following his two yellow cards at Gillingham last Saturday.

Shrewsbury will be able to call upon James Collins for their trip to Valley Parade.

The striker was due to link-up with the Republic of Ireland`s Under-21 squad for their friendly in Portugal on Friday evening, but he withdrew earlier this week after Shrews boss Graham Turner instead asked for him to be made available for the club`s crucial promotion bid.

However, Turner will be unable to hand a debut to new loan signing Niall Canavan after he was drafted into the Irish Under-21 set-up on Tuesday afternoon.

Fellow defender Jermaine Grandison also remains unavailable as he serves the second game of a three-match suspension for the red card received at Torquay.

David Raven stepped in for last weekend`s 1-1 draw against Wycombe and is again expected to keep his place in the Shrews rearguard, with Turner likely to keep the same XI who drew against their promotion rivals at the Greenhous Meadow.

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