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Freeview: Varney on Bradford City

27 January 2020

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Back and available for selection, Luke Varney is looking forward to returning to action in a Cheltenham Town shirt as the Robins prepare for a trip to Bradford City on Tuesday evening.

The 37-year-old has been out of action since a routine knee operation in mid-November, and after completing 45 minutes in a reserve team defeat to West Bromwich Albion under-23s on Thursday is available for first team action again.

He also joins Reuben Reid in being back available - offering manager Michael Duff with a number of attacking options for the trip to the Bantams.

"It has been a little bit longer than expected," he said on his return. "I had a little setback. I was quite close to getting back after four weeks but I'm glad to be pain free now and back in the mix."

Varney featured in the 3-2 win over Tuesday's opponents at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium earlier in the season and will be hoping to be in the squad on Tuesday.

"I haven't been there many times to be honest," he added. "I played them pre-season one time with Blackburn. I can remember Jordan Pickford playing, that was about it.

"I played there with Crewe years ago and I think I nicked a goal that game.

"It's always a good place to go. They're passionate about their football up there.

"The game at our place this year was a good one to be involved in. I'm sure they'll be desperate to get us back for that.

"I can remember watching it - I played in it but I felt like I was watching it because we played such good football. It was a great game to be involved in.

"It's a big game for both parties. They'll have expectations of getting out of this league for sure, probably even bigger than us, but we're going up there hoping to have a reaction after the Crewe game."

Watch more from Varney's preview of Tuesday's game above on iFollow.

Fans still looking to make the trip to the match can purchase tickets and away travel from the ticket office on Tuesday morning when it opens from 10am.

If you are not making the trip to the Utilita Stadium then you can watch the match online on iFollow. Purchase a match pass to watch full match coverage.

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