Date: 2nd May 2014 at 11:22am
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James Hanson’s Bradford season effectively ended back in March, with the striker often laid low due to a back problem in recent weeks.

Hanson was ‘pencilled in’ to make his Bantams return against Crawley Town last weekend but had to pull out on the morning of the game in the end with him starting just one of the last eight league one games.

Phil Parkinson has confirmed that Hanson will ‘definitely’ miss the season finale at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

The Bradford boss told the official website: ‘Hanson is out for Saturday. James won’t play in this one.’

His back problem is something that the club are confident can be fully cleared up over the summer though with him free to return for the next campaign. He’s certainly been missed as he’s a key player but no risks were being taken this weekend.

Rory McArdle twisted his ankle and also got caught in the face against Crawley but Parkinson is confident enough that having training for most of Thursday he can feature, however he still requires some treatment.

He added: ‘He has done the majority of the (training) session today (Thursday), so he is looking a lot better.

‘As long as he has no reaction now, I am expecting him to be available for selection.’

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