Date: 20th August 2015 at 12:24pm
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It was always known, at least feared, Billy Clarke could be set for a sustained spell on the sidelines following his knee injury at the weekend with the worst fears confirmed by Phil Parkinson on the Official Website after the midweek defeat.

Clarke’s injury against Shrewsbury ruled him out of the Gillingham defeat on Tuesday and following this Parkinson confirmed he’ll be out for up to three-months!

A scan, carried out on Monday after he feel awkwardly in the one-one draw with the Shrews last Saturday, revealed the bad new with Parkinson saying he knows he’ll be missed….

‘Billy will be out for 10-12 weeks. It is a huge blow for us because he is a player of real quality.

‘His quality was really missed tonight (Tuesday, vs Gillingham). We needed someone to get hold of the ball and to keep it, like he did on Saturday (vs Shrewsbury Town).’

There’s nothing we can do about this though, we’ve just got to get one with it!

Adding this to the start of the season as it’s been isn’t helpful at all for the Bantams but Parkinson feels sure the squad will cope without Clarke and also that this squad will show it’s true ability soon enough, adding.

‘We have had injuries to players before, however, and we have dealt with them.

‘The squad is good enough but we are not showing it at the moment.

‘I have to find the answers as to why this is the case, and I need to find them quick. I am confident we will do.’

Christopher Routis was also forced off with a tight hamstring on Tuesday but the boss was hopeful this wasn’t ‘too serious’ with him adding he was hopeful is going to be ‘back sooner rather than later.’

Losing Clarke really is a blow as he was the main early season threat!

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