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The Bantams could be without James Meredith, Zavon Hines and Stephen Darby as injuries begin to take their toll at the west Yorkshire club.

Full-back Meredith (hip) and winger Hines (ankle) are serious doubts and may both require scans to determine the full extent of their injuries, while defender Darby is struggling with a groin problem and could undergo a late fitness test.

Manager Phil Parkinson will be able to call on loanees Craig Forsyth and John Egan, though, as his fourth-placed side look to close in on the automatic promotion places.

Watford winger Forsyth and Sunderland defender Egan were not eligible for the midweek penalty shootout win over Northampton in the FA Cup.

Winger Kyel Reid (groin) and central defenders Luke Oliver (Achilles) and Andrew Davies (knee) remain long-term absentees.

Grecians striker Guillem Bauza came through a reserve game in midweek unscathed to give Paul Tisdale another attacking option ahead of the trip to Valley Parade.

The Spaniard netted in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth's second string, having missed the club's last five games, but midfielder Arron Davies had to watch from the sidelines as he continues his recovery from his calf injury.

Exeter have back-to-back away trips that will be real test for Tisdale's troops.

"We have two very tough games now in Bradford and Gillingham," the City boss said. "Our players will need a bit of a break ahead of what will be a tough four or five days.

"There is a lot of travelling involved but we aren't unused to that. It is something we are used to and have to do. I'd like to get four points from those two games and if we do I'll be delighted."

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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 Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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