Burton are in the midst of a defensive crisis ahead of the visit of Bradford.

Ryan Austin and Aaron Webster are suspended after being sent off against Gillingham last weekend while Tony James was forced off at Priestfield with a knee injury.

With Nathan Stanton (hamstring) and Tom Parkes (ankle) already out, the triple blow leaves Burton with veteran club skipper Darren Moore as the only available central defender.

However, boss Paul Peschisolido has revealed James` injury is not as bad as initially thought and he could recover in time to face the Bantams.

Peschisolido, who could have winger Cleveland Taylor and striker Calvin Zola available again after respective ankle and hamstring injuries, is weighing up whether to go ahead with a loan signing to provide defensive cover.

"I've got the promise of a loan from one club but I really have to think it through. The danger is that I take someone on loan and then end up not having to use them," the Canadian said. "It's a tricky one because I still have no cover if anything happens to Tony James or Darren Moore. Saturday is the problem because after that I could have four or five people capable of playing at centre-half."

Bradford's new loan signing Adam Reed will go straight into their squad.

Midfielder Reed, signed on a month's loan from Sunderland, could be included in Phil Parkinson's starting line-up as the Bantams boss chases his first win since taking the reins.

Winger Jamie Devitt is a major doubt, though, after returning to parent club Hull for treatment on a hip injury.

Parkinson hinted he has no reason to change his back four after dropping skipper Guy Branston for last week's home defeat to AFC Wimbledon, so another recent loan signing, Stoke's Andrew Davies, is likely to resume his partnership with Luke Oliver in central defence.

Centre-half Steve Williams remains sidelined with a long-term thigh problem, but goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin could return to the squad following a fortnight's rest due to illness.

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