Northampton Town welcome back striker Platt for Bradford trip

INJURY RETURN - Clive Platt has been declared fit for Saturday's game at Bradford City
INJURY RETURN - Clive Platt has been declared fit for Saturday's game at Bradford City
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Clive Platt has returned to full fitness and will be available for the Cobblers’ trip to Bradford City on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The veteran striker, who scored at Bradford in the FA Cup first-round replay between the sides in November, sat out the Easter Monday game at Cheltenham on the substitutes bench after a calf injury saw him withdrawn at half-time of the win over Torquay United on Good Friday night.

Platt’s return means manager Aidy Boothroyd has just two absentees in his squad, with Kelvin Langmead continuing his rehabilitation from a recent knee operation and Alex Nicholls - who travelled to Cheltenham with the squad - out with a broken leg.

Loan trio David Artell (Wrexham), Lewis Wilson (Bishop Stortford) and Louis Moult (Nuneaton) are all away.

Bradford have virtually no injury concerns of their own, with long-term knee injury victim Luke Oliver the only player likely to be missing.

Nahki Wells, who scored a hat-trick against Northampton at Sixfields last season, is expected to lead the Bantams line alongside James Hanson.

But goalkeeper Matt Duke, who made nine appearances on loan for the Cobblers last term, will be on the bench with Jon McLaughlan the preferred option in goal.