Date:Friday April 2 2010
Cardiff City have massive injury problems ahead of the crucial South Wales derby with Swansea City the visitors to the CCS tomorrow.
Already crippled by injuries to key players, things got worse in midweek for the Bluebirds when Darcy Blake (neck), Mark Kennedy, Paul Quinn (calf) and Gabor Gyepes (hamstring) all picked up injuries. All four of the starting-back four on Tuesday. Additionally, flying winger Chris Burke picked up a hamstring niggle and looks certain to miss out. Kelvin Etuhu looked dead on his feet after 60 minutes and is suffering after returning from a long-term ankle problem.
The join Mark Hudson (ankle), Anthony Gerrard (calf), Kevin McNaughton (thigh), Joe Ledley (hip), Josh Magennis (leg) and Miguel Comminges (cruciate ligament) in the treatment room.
That leaves us desperately lacking in defensive options and Dave Jones will leave it late to decide on his selection. He will be hoping that Gerrard and Blake recover - both are rated 50:50 and could form a solid centre-back pairing with Capaldi and Matthews on the flanks. Paul Quinn also has a fair chance of making the game and proved on Tuesday he could fill-in at centre-back if required.
Good news for Cardiff is the return of talismanic forward Jay Bothroyd who will be well rested after missing 2 games through suspension. He looks set to partner Chopra up-front if, as expected, McCormack reverts to a wide role to cover Burke's absence.
The game comes at an opportune time for the Swans, who are in a poor run of form. However, they look set to bolster the defensive options with the return of Garry Monk, back after a calf problem. On loan defender David Edgar could miss out. Albert Serran is also available after returning from a hamstring tear.
The Swans do have some long-term injury problems but are well accustomed to coping without dynamic midfielder Ferrie Bodde (calf). Fede Bessone (calf) and Jordi Lopez (ankle) are both out of contention.
Shefki Kuqi, Lee Trundle and Craig Beattie will all hope for the nod up-front to take on the wounded Bluebirds back-line.
Date:Friday April 2 2010
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