Bradford City: Setbacks typical of our luck - Taylor

Bradford City's James Hanson in match action.

Bradford City's James Hanson in match action.

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BOSS Peter Taylor feels the curse of Bradford City’s season has struck again following news that James Hanson and David Syers both face up to three weeks on the sidelines.

The Bantams visit seventh-placed Port Vale for a televised tie in League Two this evening (kick-off 7.45pm) but will be without Hanson and Syers who both hobbled off during last weekend’s win against leaders Chesterfield.

Taylor had hoped the victory against the Spireites could turn around 18th-placed City’s season but said of the double injury blow: “It’s the story of our season at the moment, we haven’t been fortunate with injuries.

“James has picked up a groin injury and David has a hamstring injury, so they both look like they’re going to be out for around two or three weeks. It’s a really frustrating situation, but thankfully the players that did come in after the injuries performed well.”

Midfielders Tommy Doherty (ankle), Leon Osborne (hamstring) and Lee Bullock (hip) also remain sidelined, but strikers Scott Dobie and Kevin Ellison should keep their places after making their City debuts last week.

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