McArdle missed the midweek Capital One Cup defeat to Huddersfield in midweek when manager Phil Parkinson made plenty of changes and will not be rushed back unless he is 100% fit.
Strike pair Nahki Wells and James Hanson, skipper Gary Jones, winger Mark Yeates and defender Andrew Davies, rested due to a calf strain, are all expected to return to the starting line-up for the Bantams' first home game of the season.
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