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Bradford's new signing John Egan could make his debut against the Spireites.

The Sunderland central defender, 20, has signed a two-month deal as cover for injured pair Luke Oliver (Achilles) and Andrew Davies (knee), who have both been ruled out for the rest of the season.

But Bradford are expected to be without striker James Hanson, who is struggling with a virus, while midfielder Ricky Ravenhill sits out the final game of his three-match ban.

Kyel Reid (groin) remains a long-term casualty, but fellow midfielder Craig Forsyth, on loan from Watford, is available again after being ineligible for the recent Capital One Cup and FA Cup games.

Leading goalscorer Nahki Wells is hoping to return to the starting line-up after starting on the bench in Saturday's FA Cup draw at Northampton.

Captain Sam Hird and on-loan duo Liam Ridehalgh and Chris Atkinson come back into the reckoning for Chesterfield.

Hird served a one-match suspension as the Spireites smashed Hartlepool 6-1 in the FA Cup, while Huddersfield pair Ridehalgh and Atkinson were ineligible for the first-round tie.

After such an impressive showing against higher-league opposition on Saturday, manager Paul Cook must decide whether any of the trio go back into his starting line up.

Liam Cooper made his full debut against Pool after arriving on loan from Hull last week but the 21-year-old limped off late in the game and is a doubt. Should Cooper not be fit it will almost certainly open the door for Hird to return at centre-half.

Ahead of the trip to Valley Parade to face the Capital One Cup quarter-finalists, Cook said: "They're having a fantastic season, they're a very strong outfit. I watched them play at Wigan last week and they played really well on the night, it was a good cup-tie and they eventually got through.

"Going to Bradford at anytime is very difficult but if we go there and play with the same intensity as we did on Saturday, the same creativity going forward in the last third, I think we will cause Bradford problems."

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Tranmere  
Cambridge Utd v Hartlepool  
Carlisle v Oxford Utd  
Luton v Northamptn  
Newport v Accrington  
Plymouth v Cheltenhm  
Shrewsbury v Portsmth  
Southend v Bury  
Stevenage v Burton Alb  
Wycombe v Dag + Red  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 14 10 28
2 Burton Alb 14 2 28
3 Luton 14 7 27
4 Bury 14 7 26
5 Shrewsbury 14 11 24
6 Plymouth 14 6 23
7 Morecambe 14 4 23
8 Newport 14 4 22
9 Cheltenhm 14 1 22
10 Southend 14 1 21
11 Portsmth 14 0 20
12 AFC W'don 14 -1 19
13 Exeter 14 -2 19
14 Accrington 14 -4 19
15 Cambridge Utd 14 7 18
16 Northamptn 14 1 18
17 Mansfield 14 -4 18
18 Stevenage 14 -4 17
19 Oxford Utd 14 -3 16
20 Dag + Red 14 -7 14
21 Carlisle 14 -8 12
22 York City 14 -7 11
23 Hartlepool 14 -14 11
24 Tranmere 14 -7 10

Updated Tue, 21 Oct 2014

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