Bradford City Vs Cheltenham Town, Sat 2 Jan 2010

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Bradford will be without suspended defender Matt Clarke for their home league match with Cheltenham.

Clarke was controversially sent off in Monday's 3-1 home defeat to Shrewsbury for two yellow card offences and sits out a one-game ban so Steve Williams, fit again after a hamstring problem, is likely to start.

Full-back Simon Ramsden will be back from a one-game ban to boost the back four but on-loan goalkeeper Simon Eastwood has returned to Huddersfield and manager Stuart McCall is ready to hand teenager Jon McLaughlin his second start.

Striker Michael Boulding remains sidelined with an ankle injury and Simon Whaley will play his final match before returning to parent club Norwich.

Fellow winger Omar Daley, back from a long-term knee injury, is expected to start on the substitutes' bench again.

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates will be without Josh Low and Lee Ridley.

Midfielder Low picked up his fifth caution of the season during Monday's hugely impressive 2-0 triumph at Dagenham - Yates' first win since taking charge - and will subsequently serve a one-match ban.

Left-back Ridley, meanwhile, is facing up to three weeks out with another calf problem, separate to the one he has recently returned from, which forced him off early on at Victoria Road.

On-loan pair David Pipe (hamstring) and Joss Labadie (groin) were also substituted on Monday and face a race against time to line up at Valley Parade.

But striker Elvis Hammond appears a bigger doubt once again as he is still struggling with his troublesome ankle. Captain Shane Duff continues his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury.

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Jon McLaughlin
Norwich City
Shrewsbury Town
Simon Eastwood
David Pipe
Simon Ramsden
Jon McLaughlin
Steve Williams
Shane Duff
Omar Daley
Huddersfield Town
Simon Whaley
Lee Ridley
Cheltenham Town
Bradford City
League Two
Joss Labadie
Simon Whaley
Elvis Hammond
Simon Eastwood
Michael Boulding

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