Injury Update

Assistant Manager Mark Hume doesn’t expect the squad to be back to full fitness before the end of the season.

Injuries have ravaged an already small squad, and although Nicky Boshell started in the 5-0 home defeat to Brackley Town on Saturday, Avenue were without influential players such as Richard Marshall, Nathan Hotte and Alex Davidson.

Hume speculated that Marshall, who was brought off after 30 minutes against Altrincham FC in midweek, could be out for up to two weeks.

Davidson, who is a popular player at the Horsfall Stadium has been unable to play for a number of weeks and Hume as admitted that it would be unlikely to see Davidson playing in Bradford colours again this season.

However, a suspension for captain Hotte may be beneficial as he continues to fight a knee issue.

Defensive options are also restricted. Adam Clayton and James Knowles were both unavailable, and recent arrival Ryan Qualter set to begin a suspension after his dismissal in midweek against Alty. New signing Spencer Harris was handed his debut for the Avenue in the thrashing against Brackley Town.

Clayton’s groin injury has been scheduled for surgery in the summer, with his assistant manager insisting that he would rather not involve the centre-back in first team duties until fully fit.

Speaking after Saturday’s defeat to the Saints, Hume also stated that whilst the club had several injury setbacks, it was no excuse for the team’s performance.