Date: 11th September 2008 at 10:43am
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After turning his other ankle against Scunthorpe United’s Reserves Chris Brandon must be wondering whether he’s ever going to get to pull on his beloved Claret & Amber.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus last week the Bradfordian was looking forward to the possibility of his debut coming with the visit of Exeter City. He said ‘I`m ready and raring to go. I`m just waiting for the nod from the gaffer; I can`t wait to get out there and start playing again.

It`s going to be a great day for me and my family when I eventually put on the claret and amber and it cannot come soon enough.’

In preparation for an involvement on Saturday he took to the field for City’s second string in their 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe United. Tragically his participation was curtailed by twisting his OTHER ankle. And now Chris Brandon faces another tortuous wait on the sidelines.

The worst (or best) part of the situation is that City have started the season so well. The signing from Huddersfield possesses a quality that would see him guaranteed a starting berth but with the Bantams displaying such form (throughout the club) a frustrating spell on the sidelines injured could turn into a frustrating spell on the sidelines unable to break into the team.

Of course it’s a nice problem for the fans to have and a nice problem for the management to have but not so nice if you’re one of the players stuck in the middle of those selection dilemmas (see also Mark Bower, Kyle Nix, Dean Furman, TJ Moncur, Rory Boulding, Barry Conlon, Billy Topp).

However, Stuart McCall has moved to reassure the player he made his first ‘big-name’ signing of the summer. In an interview with the Telegraph & Argus the Ginger Messiah said ‘I know it is disappointing for Chris because he wants to be involved but it’s not a disaster.

I’ve told him it’s a long, long season and people don’t remember what you do now. It’s the back end of the season that they will think about.

We want him back and fighting for his place but he’s got to be patient.

It was just an innocuous moment. He was tracking back and just turned his foot over. Up to then he’d played well for an hour, looking hungry and fresh and enjoying the game.

He thumped the ground when he did it and I know how he felt because I’ve been there with an ankle injury when I was playing for Sheffield United. But a good point is that it wasn’t the same ankle. He went for a scan and feels a lot better now than when he first did it, so fingers crossed he won’t be out for long.’

Encouraging to hear that it’s probably not as serious as the first injury and, with news that Billy Topp is back in training, hopefully it won’t be too long before Stuart has even greater selection headaches from having his entire squad available for use.

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