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Cardiff City welcome back Craig Bellamy to the squad that performed so well in the 3-1 home victory against Wolves before the International break. The Welsh attacker had been struggling with a calf problem but returned to training this week and was described by Malky Mackay as 'immense' during the week. Bellamy will likely feature on the bench alongside the likes of Kim, Gunnarsson, Mason.

Others like Conway, Velikonja, Kiss and Robert Earnshaw would be delighted to be included in the squad - but there just isnt room and some will have to miss out.

Stephen McPhail, Rudy Gestede and Kadeem Harris are all injured and cannot play. However, in reality none were likely to feature given Malky's alternatives.

The one big injury blow for City is that Ben Turner has not recovered from his foot injury that saw him miss the Wolves game and Bristol City defeat before that. Turner will undergo a fitness test, but club officials are not hopeful meaning that Connelly is likely to deputise once more with teenager Ben Nugent providing cover from the bench.



Leeds United have their own injury worries with David Norris (thigh) adding to their already lengthy list of absentees. Amongst those also missing is influential defender Leigh Bromby. Bromby suffered a nasty knee injury against Cardiff City last season and remains some way off a return.

The knee problems stack up with Paul Green also suffering an injury while Davide Somma may never return from a knee ligament injury that is threatening his career. Transfer-listed midfielder Ramon Nunez is yet another facing a lengthy injury lay-off with further knee problems.

There is good news for Neil Warnock's side with Michael Brown (hamstring) back in contention and Michael Tonge, signed on loan from Stoke City, both available to face the Bluebirds.

Ross McCormack will make a return to Cardiff City, while controversial forward El-Hadji Diouf will likely face some stick from the CCS crowd.

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Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Friday September 14 2012
Time: 3:17PM

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