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Thursday, 23 November, 2000, 16:31 GMT
Wetherall blow for new boss
Wetherall's unbroken run in the Premiership ends with a vengeance
Jim Jefferies has been rocked by the news key centre-back David Wetherall will be out until mid-February after undergoing groin surgery.

Wetherall had played every minute of every Premier League match since his 1.4m move from Leeds 16 months ago, until being taken off on a stretcher with the injury late in the first half of last week's 2-0 defeat at Derby.

With Jefferies only having taken over at the rock-bottom Bantams on Monday, the loss of the inspirational Wetherall for the next 10 weeks comes as a cruel blow for the former Hearts manager.

Jefferies' problems are compounded by the fact that Andy O'Brien, who only made his comeback at Derby as a replacement for Wetherall following a three-month lay-off recovering from a broken collarbone, is now suffering with sore ribs.

O'Brien complained of the problem after continuing his comeback with a reserve workout on Tuesday. After a visit to a chiropractor, he did not train on Thursday.

Rumoured target

Andy O'Brien is another concern for the Bantams
It has led to Jefferies, who has returned to Scotland to attend a funeral following a bereavement in his family, trying to bring in a new signing - with Coventry's Colin Hendry a rumoured target.

Assistant Billy Brown confirmed: "David's going to be out for 10 weeks, so the earliest we can expect him back will be early February.

"It's a massive blow for us. But it's just unlucky because he was playing well and he is a smashing lad - but that's football.

"We've since been looking around, trying to bring somebody in. We've not had any joy yet, although we may do. It's all a rush.

"We have got people in mind, but getting them in is difficult - so we've just got to get on with things, and whoever comes in will have to do their best."

Stan Collymore also missed training on Thursday morning after fog at Leeds/Bradford airport forced the plane he was travelling on from London to be diverted to Manchester.

Nothing untoward

But there was nothing untoward as the often-controversial Collymore was then put through his paces in a one-on-one session with Brown, who added: "He was keen to do it.

There's been no problem with Stan since we came here. He wants to train and he wants to work
  Billy Brown
"There's been no problem with Stan since we came here. He wants to train and he wants to work because he's still a bit short of fitness anyway."

Collymore will definitely miss training next Tuesday because he will be returning to London to answer a Football Association violent conduct charge after stamping on and elbowing Paul Gascoigne in a game when he was playing with Leicester.

Collymore has requested a plea in mitigation, rather than a personal hearing, and is expected to be handed a two-match ban and a fine.

Brown also confirmed that Dean Windass is staying put despite rumours of a move to Celtic.

He said: "Dean's the kind of 100 per cent player we need here given our predicament, although we might swap him for Henrik Larsson!"

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