Bradford boss Phil Parkinson won't take any unnecessary risks with Gary Jones for Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash with Wigan.
Bradford boss Phil Parkinson will not take any unnecessary risks with captain Gary Jones for Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash with Wigan.
The Bantams are away at the Barclays Premier League side in the fourth round and must make a decision over Jones' participation. The midfielder returned from a five-week injury lay-off at the weekend in a defeat by Burton after a spell on the sidelines with a back problem.
Parkinson was forced to turn to his skipper much earlier than intended due to Ricky Ravenhill's dismissal and completed just under an hour.
But despite the club having two big cup games in a week - with an FA Cup trip to Northampton also looming at the weekend - and with injuries and suspensions robbing Parkinson of a number of his first-team players, the manager will keep a close eye on the 35-year-old ahead of the tie.
"Ideally we only wanted to give Gary 10-15 minutes towards the end (on Saturday), but Ricky's sending off obviously changed all that," he told the club's official website.
"We'll have to see how he is because he has to be absolutely right to play in these next two cup games. I don't want to lose him again by playing him too much, too soon. We certainly have a lot of thinking to do."