UK time is: 05:24:24
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Cardiff Options In Ledley Absence

Cardiff City will be missing a key and consistent player tomorrow when Wolves are the visitors for the FA Cup 5th round tie. Dave Jones does not have the luxury of a large squad so will have to re-arrange things to cover. These are the more likely options:



1) Paul Parry could drop from attack into a more usual wide role. He would feature on the right, with Whittingham on the left. This would mean starts for both Thompson and Hasselbaink up-front, plenty of power but no pace.



2) McPhail returns in midfield with either Aaron Ramsey, Darcy Blake or Jon Brown playing out-of position on the right side of midfield.



3) Tony Capaldi could move up-field and operate in midfield. He has played there for N. Ireland and Plymouth. This would mean either a start for youngster Matt Smith at left-back, or McNaughton swapping sides and Darcy Blake covering at right-back.



4) A 3 man defence of Purse / Loovens / Johnson. Capaldi and McNaughton could operate as wingbacks with Whittingham and Parry providing width up-field.



5) Trevor Sinclair is not yet match fit, but could be thrown into the fray on the right, with Whittingham on the left wing. However, Sinclair has not played for 3 months and would be very short of match practise.





There are of course other options open to Dave Jones, but the most likely change sees the one made on Tuesday when McPhail replaced the injured Ledley. McPhail will be hurt after being dropped and has a point to prove. It's tough to be without Ledley, who has impressed all season, hopefully Cardiff can cope well in his absence and progress to the next round of the cup.






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 15 2008

Time: 12:00PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Hudson Joins Huddersfield (Monday September 1 2014)

Cardiff Confirm Manga Signing (Monday September 1 2014)

Gabbidon Set For Return? (Monday September 1 2014)

5m Defender To Sign (Monday September 1 2014)

Solskjaer Pleased With Response (Sunday August 31 2014)

Vital Report: Fulham 1 Cardiff 1 (Saturday August 30 2014)

Stats: Fulham v Cardiff (Saturday August 30 2014)

Vital Preview: Fulham v Cardiff (Friday August 29 2014)

Vincent Tan: Justified? (Thursday August 28 2014)

Bournemouth In Round Three (Wednesday August 27 2014)

Archived Cardiff City Articles

List All Vital Cardiff Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Wolves 1 - 0 Cardiff
Cardiff 3 - 1 Huddersfield
Cardiff 1 - 0 Wigan
Fulham 1 - 1 Cardiff
Blackburn 1 - 1 Cardiff

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
6. Charlton 5 2 3 0 2 9
7. Derby County 5 2 2 1 4 8
8. Brentford 5 2 2 1 2 8
9. Cardiff 5 2 2 1 2 8
10. Sheff Wed 5 2 2 1 1 8
11. Bournemouth 5 2 1 2 3 7
12. Wigan 5 2 1 2 3 7

Breaking League News

Owls sign former Real Madrid midfielder
Sheff Wed : 01/09/2014 23:48:00
RUFC - Luciano Can Score Goals
Rotherham : 01/09/2014 23:37:00
Defender moves on loan
Middlesbrough : 01/09/2014 23:22:00
RUFC - Argentinian Signs In!
Rotherham : 01/09/2014 23:21:00
Rovers Complete Late Double
Blackburn : 01/09/2014 23:19:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Fulham MotM
Suggested By:  Whitts
Marshall 0%
Brayford 0%
Fabio 0%
Dikgacoi 0%
Morrison 0%
Connolly 20%
Pilkington 0%
Whittingham 0%
Le Fondre 0%
Jones 20%
Daehli 60%
Sub - Ralls 0%
Sub - Macheda 0%
Sub - Wolff Ekirem 0%