Football - Meredith out with illness

Bradford defender James Meredith has been diagnosed with glandular fever and will miss the Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash at Crewe.

PA Sport

Australian Meredith is expected to be out for several weeks, so new loan signing from Southampton Ryan Dickson should continue at left-back after making his debut on Saturday.

Manager Phil Parkinson is expected to make several changes for the area quarter-final tie with right-back Stephen Darby (foot), winger Will Atkinson and defender Rory McArdle (both knocks) likely to be rested.

Blair Turgott, on loan from West Ham, and fellow winger Kyel Reid could return to the starting line-up, striker andy Gray may continue after his second debut for the club on Saturday and goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin is hoping for a recall in place of Matt Duke.

Forward James Hanson (toe) and winger Garry Thompson (knee) will not be included in the squad, but are hoping to be back in time for the league game at leaders Port Vale next weekend.

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