Bradford City defender Andrew Davies is closing in on a return to first-team action following a long-term injury lay-off.

The former Middlesbrough and Stoke centre-half, sidelined since early October after undergoing knee surgery, has returned to full training.

"He's not too far away with the way he has progressed," boss Phil Parkinson told the club's official website. " His knee feels really strong, which is a good sign.

"He needs to get some really good football training under his belt. Once he's had this full week, we will assess him after the weekend.

"Seeing Andrew Davies back will be a huge boost for everybody. The lads know he is a very good player - as good as any centre-back at this level."

The influential 29-year-old, a free signing after being released by Stoke in the summer of 2011, has made only 10 appearances this season.

Parkinson added: "We don't want to rush him back just to see him get another injury.

"It will definitely be a big boost to the squad when he comes back into contention for match selection."