Cheltenham Town Vs Bradford City, Tue 28 Dec 2010

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Cheltenham manager Mark Yates will be without winger Josh Low for their npower League Two clash with Bradford.

The wide man sustained a hamstring injury during the recent 2-0 defeat to Southend and will miss the rest of the festive schedule as he recovers.

JJ Melligan is favourite to take his place as Yates has no other injury, suspension or illness worries.

The Robins will be looking for their first win in three league games, having lost to Southend and picking up a 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury.

Cheltenham are confident of getting the game on after enlisting the help of volunteers to clear snow from the pitch on Monday.

Club staff were joined by around 25 fans - including a 70-year-old - who have removed snow and frost covers from the surface to aid the chances of play.

Bradford's enforced two-and-a-half-week break from action has given a host of injured players the chance to make the Bank Holiday clash.

The Bantams have played just one game since November 23 and defenders Rob Kiernan, Luke Oliver (both hamstring) and Steve Williams (groin) have all had the chance to overcome their injuries.

Shane Duff has also returned to training after a two-month absence with an Achilles problem, though with Williams back in the frame, Bantams boss Peter Taylor may choose to take his comeback steady.

Lewis Hunt (knee) is not yet ready to return, whilst fellow defender Simon Ramsden (calf) and midfielder Michael Flynn (double hernia) are hoping to be back in action by the end of January.

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