Date: 1st October 2008 at 10:05am
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Two months in and suddenly key players are out for a chunk of the season.

Two weeks ago Paul Arnison became the first Bradford City player to pull up with an injury during a competitive ninety minutes and last Saturday saw both TJ Moncur and Lee Bullock suffering.

Whilst TJ’s injury was relatively minor (what seems to have been concussion) the club have a legal obligation to keep him from the action for 7 days after the incident, thus ruling him out of Saturday’s clash against Luton.

However, the player who replaced him at right back on Saturday, Lee Bullock, is going to be out for the next two to four weeks having damaged his knee.

So, that’s Arny, TJ and Bully missing for Saturday but it today emerged that there’s even worse news for Chris Brandon whose ankle injury has required an operation.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus the Bradford lad who hasn’t yet pulled on Claret & Amber in anger said ‘I`ve been pretty lucky through my career because I`ve never had to have an operation before. I`ve had a few minor niggles but nothing serious so this is all a bit of a shock.

What caused is was something of nothing but the ankle may have been like that for a while. The problem might have been building up so maybe it was going to happen at some point.

I`m in plaster for a month but after that I can look forward to kicking on with my rehab.

Of course it`s a massive frustration but it`s one of those things and I hope to be back in time to still have a real part to play.’

Simon Ainge is expected to deputise at right back whilst Dean Furman looks likely to come straight into midfield. Up top, Peter Thorne has rejoined training although Billy Topp will have done his chances of inclusion no harm with his efforts for the reserves.

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