MANAGER Phil parkinson is backing James Hanson to fill the hole left in Bradford City’s attack by the injury that will keep out striker Steven Davies until the new year.
The former Sheffield United loanee suffered medial ligament damage in the midweek victory over Bury.
Scans subsequently confirmed City’s worst fears about the extent of the injury and Hanson, dropped after a poor display at Colchester United late last month, will step in for the visit of Wigan Athletic.
Parkinson said: “It is unfortunate what happened to Steve Davies. He had started the last three games and has given us something that had perhaps been missing a little bit.
“But this means James comes back into the picture. He came on the other night and had a real physical edge about him. That was great to see.
“We want that character and determination. We all know how good ‘Hans’ can be, he has shown that in the past. He just needs the bit between his teeth.”
City go into today’s encounter with the Latics on the back of a three-game winning run. With the Lancashire club also in great form, Parkinson is expecting a big test for his side.
The City chief continued: “Wigan have got themselves going after a slow start. They have found a system that suits and the right personnel, and things have clicked.
“I am expecting an entertaining game, as they have a lot of attacking players on display.”
Billy Clarke and Josh Morris, who have both been missing recently through injury, are back in training and are close to a return for the Bantams.
That, though, is not expected to come against Wigan with Parkinson determined not to rush the pair back.