Huddersfield V Bradford at John Smith's Stadium : Match Preview

05 August 2013 06:31
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Robins to play big guns

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins has indicated he will field a strong line-up for his side's first-round Capital One Cup tie against last season's beaten finalists Bradford.

Summer signing Jon Stead could be included in the squad after missing the weekend defeat at Nottingham Forest due to a groin injury, but defender Calum Woods (collarbone) and midfield pair Keith Southern (calf) and Anton Robinson (knee) remain sidelined.

MidfielderJonathan Hogg and striker Martin Paterson made their debuts at Forest, while another new arrival,former Real Madrid B striker Cristian Lopez, made his first appearance for the club off the substitutes' bench.

Defender Anthony Gerrard (calf), an unused substitute on Saturday, could feature, while Adam Hammill and Jake Carroll will be hoping to start.

Bradford goalkeeper Connor Ripley could make his debut for the club when last season's finalists.

Ripley joined on a short-term loan deal from Middlesbrough lastweek in time to make the substitutes' bench in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Bristol City and may take over from first-choice Jon McLaughlin.

Summer signing Raffaele De Vita is hoping to make his first competitive start, but Rory McArdle will miss out due to an ankle injury sustained on the opening day and another defender, Andrew Davies (calf), could be rested.

Carl McHugh could therefore feature and fellow centre-half Luke Oliver (Achilles) is hoping to feature in the first-team squad for the first time in over 10 months.

Source: PA