Defender Anthony Charles an injury doubt for Plymouth Argyle against Bradford City
CENTRE-BACK Anthony Charles is being given as long as possible to prove his fitness for Argyle's clash against Bradford tonight.
Charles had to be substituted in the second half of the 2-1 defeat at League Two leaders Gillingham on Saturday because of a groin injury.
The 31-year-old has started eight games since signing for the relegation-threatened Pilgrims in January.
Argyle manager John Sheridan told Herald Sport: "He (Charles) is doubtful for tonight. It's not as bad as we first thought and we will give him as long as we can."
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Defender Curtis Nelson is still sidelined by a groin injury which has kept him out of action for the last seven matches.
That is a source of frustration for Sheridan, who believes the 19-year-old would be 'an asset' to the Pilgrims as they fight against relegation.
However, right-back Durrell Berry has been added to the Argyle squad for the game against Bradford after recovering from tendonitis in a knee.
While Argyle are battling to escape relegation, 11th-placed Bradford are chasing a play-off spot.
The beaten Capital One Cup finalists are nine points behind Exeter City, who currently occupy seventh spot, but have played two matches fewer than them.
Bradford showed what they were capable with their incredible run to the Capital One Cup final, beating Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Aston Villa before crashing to a 5-0 defeat by Swansea City at Wembley at the end of February.
Sheridan said: "We are playing against one of the best teams in the division in my eyes.
"They will feel they can still get in the play-offs, or even automatic promotion. We are bottom of the table and they will fancy our chances.
"We have got to make sure we are up for it, whoever I play. One or two players are going to come in and, hopefully, they rise to the occasion.
"Bradford have got a very strong squad. The cup run has helped them and they have brought one or two players in.
"I have always liked the lad (Alan) Connell, who came off the bench and scored the equaliser (in the 1-1 draw at home to Aldershot Town) on Saturday.
"Whoever plays for them tonight, they are going to have a strong team. They will come here really trying to win the game."
Sheridan hopes Argyle can reproduce the performance they put in when beating Barnet 2-1 last time out at Home Park on March 2.
He said: "We know what's at stake for us. We have just got to concentrate on ourselves.
"If we go out there with the same attitude as we did for the game against Barnet we will have a chance of winning."
Argyle's fight against relegation will continue with another home game on Saturday, when ninth-placed Fleetwood Town are the visitors.
Sheridan added: "I have said all along it's going to be very tight. You can see the ups and downs. We have got two home games now and if we take four points from them I will be very happy."