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Preview: Captial One Cup final

Updated: Friday, 22 Feb 2013 16:09 | Comments

Celebration time for Bradford players at Villa Park where they booked their place in the final
Celebration time for Bradford players at Villa Park where they booked their place in the final

Swansea and Bradford are gearing themselves up for one of the most unlikely cup finals in living memory.

For one, it is the first such occasion in their entire history, for the other is the next stage of a scarcely believable journey from League Two.

And at the end, one of them will be celebrating a place in Europe.

Swansea defender Chico Flores has had to admit defeat in his battle to return to fitness in time for Sunday's Wembley showpiece.

The Spaniard has failed to recover from the ruptured ankle ligaments he suffered against QPR, so Kyle Bartley or club captain Garry Monk will slot in alongside Ashley Williams.

Gerhard Tremmel will start in goal, while Michu, Wayne Routledge and Angel Rangel will also return after being rested for the thumping defeat at Liverpool last weekend.

Bradford defender Rory McArdle could be in contention for the Capital One Cup final with Swansea at Wembley on Sunday.

The 25-year-old, who suffered an ankle injury at Fleetwood nearly three weeks ago, returned to training earlier this week and, if he passes a late fitness test, will face competition from the fit-again Andrew Davies, plus fellow centre-backs Michael Nelson and Carl McHugh.

Forward Garry Thompson is expected to start but there will be a free berth in attack with Andy Gray ineligible having already featured in the competition for Leeds.

Bradford squad: Duke, Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Good, Atkinson, Jones, Doyle, Hanson, Thompson, Hines, Wells, Nelson, Davies, McLaughlan, Ravenhill, Reid, Connell, Turgott, Dickson.

Swansea squad: Vorm, Bartley, Tate, Williams, Britton, Michu, Hernandez, Dyer, Lamah, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Davies.

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