Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson has said that Reece Burke will not be out for long.

The 19-year-old defender, currently on loan from West Ham United, was forced to go off during Tuesday’s match against Barnsley and there fears that he may have a serious injury that could have kept him out for months.

But scans have revealed that Burke has only suffered minor damage and that the main issue is a strain on his ligaments around the Achilles area.

While this means that Burke will most likely not play a part in the match against Fleetwood Town tomorrow, it is the best news Bradford could have hoped for and he could be back in the first team for the game against Burton Albion which takes place a week on Saturday.

Revealing Burke’s injury news, Parkinson told the club website: “There was some initial concern over Reece because he was getting some pain down the back of his heel every time he put his foot down. But we’ve had it scanned and it is just a minor strain to one of his ligaments.”

“That is obviously good news for Reece and for us, and hopefully it won’t be too long out for him.”

“With Billy Clarke (hamstring injury), he will probably be out for two-to-three weeks.”

“It is shame for Billy but that is sometimes what happens when you play on heavy grounds at this time of year. It also gives someone else a chance to stake a claim in the team.”

Other players who will not be in the match include Lee Evans who is still serving a three match ban and Jamie Proctor who is ineligible to play against his parent club.