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The Memorial Stadium (ATT 5,092) 24th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Phillips

Bristol R Bristol Rovers vs Bradford City Bradford

Bristol R 3

G Branston (2)
T Eaves (33)
M Smith (62)
W Brown (S/O 90+7)

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Bradford 3

N Wells (28)
C McHugh (55)
J Hanson (68)
N Doyle (S/O 90+6)

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Last Updated: 23/11/12 11:40am

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Guy Branston: Set to face his former club

Guy Branston: Set to face his former club

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Bristol Rovers and Bradford at the Memorial Ground.

Bristol Rovers' new signing Guy Branston could go straight into the starting line-up to face his former club Bradford.

The 33-year-old ex-Torquay centre-back joined on Thursday after fellow defender Tom Parkes suffered an ankle injury in the 4-0 defeat at Port Vale on Tuesday.

Mark McGhee is also expected to include on-loan Chelsea keeper Sam Walker in his side after Fulham recalled Neil Etheridge to Craven Cottage.

Meanwhile Rovers hope on-loan Leicester defender Cian Bolger will return to the club next Wednesday after a three-month absence with a knee injury. Bolger is set to play in two practice games for parent club Leicester over the weekend.

McGhee's men host Bradford with two points separating them from rock-bottom Barnet at the foot of npower League Two.

Bradford's latest loan signings Blair Turgott and Curtis Good could go straight into the squad after arriving from West Ham and Newcastle respectively.

England Under-19 international Turgott will stay at the club for two months, while Good will also stay until the new year.

Manager Phil Parkinson, already without defenders Andrew Davies (knee) and Luke Oliver (Achilles) due to season-ending injuries, drafted in John Egan on loan from Sunderland as cover, but broke his right leg in the midweek win over Plymouth. Fellow Irishman Carl McHugh replaced Egan alongside Rory McArdle at the weekend.

Defenders Stephen Darby (hip) and James Meredith (groin) shook off their respective injuries to last the full 90 minutes in midweek and will continue, but striker Zavon Hines will be sidelined for another two to three weeks after a scan revealed the full extent of his ankle injury.

Midfielder Ritchie Jones returned to contention on Tuesday night following a back problem and could feature on the bench again.

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1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
15 Cheltenham Town 43 52
16 Accrington Stanley 43 51
17 Portsmouth 42 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 42 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 42 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39