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Last Updated: Friday, 24 October, 2003, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Wetherall blow hits Bantams
Bradford defender David Wetherall
Wetherall joined Bradford from Leeds in 1999 for 1.4m
Bradford captain David Wetherall will be out of action until the New Year after tests revealed complications with his knee problem.

The experienced centre-back had initially been expected to spend a month on the sidelines after sustaining the injury during last week's 1-0 defeat at Watford.

But club surgeon Steve Bollen has predicted an absence of three months after confirming medial ligament damage.

It is massively disappointing that this has happened
David Wetherall

Wetherall will wear a brace to support his left knee for the next five weeks.

"I am absolutely gutted because I was feeling really good. I was feeling fit and strong and playing well," said Wetherall.

"I had got a full pre-season in me and in the last six or seven games really started to get on top of the centre forwards I was up against. It is massively disappointing that this has happened.

"But I can't do a thing about it. I have just got to rest it up for the next month and then it will be a case of effctively doing another pre-season.

"In the meantime I just hope that the rest of the lads can do well and get us out of the position we are in," he told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus newspaper.

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