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Derby County 'Pleased' About Chopra's Injury

Derby County 'Pleased' About Chopra's Injury

Cardiff City welcome Derby County to the CCS on Saturday knowing that a win is crucial for the Bluebirds in order to keep the promotion chase going.

After the 2 week International break, City remain well placed but after some dodgy form and results - we are under pressure to begin the run in with a victory.

The Rams boss Nigel Clough is looking at a season of re-building and is already planning for next year. However, his side are also coming to Cardiff looking to pick up points and will provide a tough test for the Bluebirds.

In particular, Derby have been boosted by the untimely injury to Michael Chopra, who was instrumental in the 6-1 drubbing last season. Clough told the Burton Mail:

"Michael Chopra won`t be available for them, and we`re quite pleased because he usually scores against us.'

"But they`ve got options and plenty of attacking threat, which is the reason they are up there.'



Previously, Derby looked to play a high line at the CCS, but the McPhail/Chopra combination worked a treat and we cut open the Rams' cumbersome defence at ease.

Bellamy and Emmanuel-Thomas would be favourites to patner Bothroyd if Jones sticks with 4-4-2. However, Bothroyd may well operate alone, with support from either JET, Chris Burke or Bellamy from wide - this would allow a more competitive midfield trio of Olofinjana with the more cultured Whittingham and McPhail.




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Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Friday April 1 2011
Time: 11:58AM

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