Ashley Ward is hoping Bradford City can strike a double blow against his old club Manchester City at Maine Road on Sunday.

The 31-year-old striker, now recovered from the ankle injury that kept him out of action for six weeks, is desperate to beat the club where he began his career.

Ward, pictured above, said: “Manchester City play with flair like Kevin Keegan’s teams do, but we want to put the dampers on that as much as we can and then hit them with a goal.

“I’m from Manchester and supported City as a boy so it is nice to go back there and play in front of a big crowd.

“They are undoubtedly a big club and their support is incredible with an average crowd of 32,000.

“They are in a good vein of form at the moment and second in the table.

“So it is going to be a difficult game, but you look at the teams that are up there at the moment, leaders Burnley and Manchester City, and there is nothing to be terrified of.

“There are no outstanding teams in the First Division this season and there is no reason to go there with an inferiority complex.

“They are a good side, but we should be higher in the table than we are.

“Living in the Manchester area I receive local TV so I see them play on TV. They have brought in a lot of flair players and look good going forward. Hopefully they are not as good at the back.

“Both clubs score a lot of goals. We are one of the top scorers in the league and if we can keep a clean sheet we always fancy ourselves to nick a goal.”

Ward recalls an unhappy start to his career at Maine Road. He said: “I played a two games as a substitute before breaking a leg and an ankle when I was 19.

“I don’t think I played for them after that.

“I three operations and I was out of the game for about a year. I had to go elsewhere to break into first team football.”

Ward, who has also been plagued by injury this season, is now hoping for a change of luck in the second half of the campaign.

He said: “I had been out of action for six weeks, then I had a good weeks’ training but then I had a bit of flu this week.

“Normally you have two or three reserve games after being out for so long, but the way the squad is with all the injuries we had I was back after one reserve outing.

“But to beat Rotherham 3-1 was a good result and I was pleased the score the third goal.

“Rotherham were starting to come back into the game at that point, but my goal killed t off.

“Now I am hoping for a good run free from injury.

“In fact, I would like to go to the end of the season without any more injuries.”

l Sunday’s game kicks off at 2.15pm.