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Preview: Bradford v Catalans (R21)
Bradford welcome back Lesley Vainikolo for the visit of Les Catalans on Friday.
The big winger has been out injured in recent weeks but has now regained full fitness and has been named in Steve McNamara's squad for the clash at the Grattan Stadium, Odsal.
His return comes at an ideal time for The Bulls who will be without Karl Pryce who was injured in last week's defeat at Leeds.
Pryce scored a memorable hat-trick at Headingley but ended the game with a knee injury that will see him sit out the Catalans clash.
Also missing will be Marcus Bai who has been given further time to recover from an injury of his own.
?Lesley Vainikolo is back this week and will play and Marcus Bai is back and in contention, but we have decided to give him another week,? coach Steve McNamara explained.
?Karl Pryce will miss out with a knee injury, so Les coming back is an ideal replacement.?
Les Catalans coach Mick Potter has named his 20-man squad for Friday's game and will be hoping his side can get back to winning ways after two straight defeats that have seen them slip to the foot of Super League.
The Bulls have already recorded two big wins against the French outfit this term - racking up a half-century of points on both occasions - and Potter will be hoping his charges can run their opponents closer this time around.
Bradford 18-man squad: Hape, Deacon, Vagana, James, I. Harris, McKenna, Newton, Lynch, Meyers, Smith, Burgess, Ferres, Vainikolo, Henderson, Langley, B. Harris, St Hilaire, Withers.
Catalans Dragons 18-man squad: Beattie, Berthezene, Bosc, Casty, Chan, Fakir, Fellous, Guigue, Guisset, Hindmarsh, Hughes, Jones, Mounis, Murphy, Rinaldi, Rudder, Verges, Wilson.
Referee: R Laughton