Cardiff City - Cardiff City: injury crisis worsens
UK time is: 13:26:13
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Cardiff City: injury crisis worsens

Cardiff City face major injury worries ahead of Friday's televised Championship clash with Barnsley.

Skipper Darren Purse is ruled out with a disc problem in his back and looks set to be sidelined for around 6 weeks after initial reports suggested he may only miss 2 matches.

The loss of Purse for a prolonged period means that Cardiff are without a recognised centre-back on the bench and with reserve team centre half and captain Michael Corcoran leaving on loan to Oxford this week, Cardiff's options are limited.

They do currently have Hungarian defender Bela Belogh on trial, and initial indications are that he has impressed Dave Jones. Another option is to bring in a loan player as cover to Johnson and Loovens, the loan window opens on 8 February for non-Premiership clubs.
Kevin McNaughton may be forced to cover the position should injury arise.

Another blow to Cardiff is the injury to experienced midfielder Riccardo Scimeca. The ex-West Brom player limped off imjured during Cardiff's win over Leicester last weekend after tweaking a hamstring but after a scan, the problem was found to be more serious.

'I had a scan on Tuesday and I have a grade one tear, which will keep me out for around four weeks.' Scimeca told the South Wales Echo.

Combative midfielder Simon Walton, signed yesterday from Charlton on loan could make his debut in place of Scimeca, while Willo Flood, Kevin McNaughton or Joe Ledley could all be asked to fill the gap. Scimeca's presence has been a feature of Cardiff's play this season and a change in tactics may be required to deal with his loss.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 1 2007

Time: 11:46AM

Your Comments

Aren't they the only 2 players over 25 in our team?!?!?
Aderyn las

Have Your Say

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

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Devastation For Slade (Monday November 30 2015)

Vital Report - Cardiff 2-2 Burnley (Monday November 30 2015)

Video - Burnley Highlights (h) (Sunday November 29 2015)

Stats: Cardiff v Burnley (Saturday November 28 2015)

Cardiff v Burnley - Teamsheets! (Saturday November 28 2015)

Vital Preview - Cardiff v Burnley (Friday November 27 2015)

Crewe Loan Spell For Ajayi (Thursday November 26 2015)

Match Day Officials v Burnley (Thursday November 26 2015)

Slade - Best Team Won (Monday November 23 2015)

Archived Cardiff City Articles

List All Vital Cardiff Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. westonal 6

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Cardiff 2 - 2 Burnley
Derby County 2 - 0 Cardiff
Cardiff 0 - 0 Bristol City
Cardiff 2 - 0 Reading
Leeds Utd 1 - 0 Cardiff
Ipswich 0 - 0 Cardiff

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Ipswich 18 7 7 4 3 28
8. Sheff Wed 18 7 7 4 3 28
9. Reading 18 7 6 5 5 27
10. Cardiff 18 6 8 4 3 26
11. Brentford 17 7 3 7 -1 24
12. Q.P.R. 18 6 5 7 -2 23
13. Fulham 18 5 7 6 1 22

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Sign of Things to Come for Birmingham City
Birmingham : 30/11/2015 13:10:01
Fulham 1 Preston North End 1
Fulham : 30/11/2015 12:52:00
RUFC - Jono Buzzing After Win
Rotherham : 30/11/2015 11:53:00
Chilwell Confident Results Will Turn
Huddersfield : 30/11/2015 11:18:00
Wagner Remains Confident Despite Loss
Huddersfield : 30/11/2015 11:17:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Burnley MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Marshall 0%
Peltier 0%
Morrison 0%
Connolly 0%
Malone 0%
Noone 0%
Gunnarsson 0%
Ralls 50%
Whittingham 50%
Watt 0%
Jones 0%
Sub - Mason 0%
Sub - O'Keefe 0%
Sub - Macheda 0%