Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Cardiff City Centre-Back Crisis

Cardiff City Centre-Back Crisis

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones could be faving a major selection dilemma this weekend with all three of his centre-backs carrying knocks.

Cardiff are blessed with a strong centre-back unit with Darren Purse, Glenn Loovens and Roger Johnson all quality players at this level.


However, for saturday's match away at Plymouth Argyle, the Bluebirds could in-fact be in real trouble in that position. Darren Purse recently underwent surgery on a tear to his knee. The injury is not serious but painful and Purse is still 2 weeks away from his expected return date.

Meanwhile, Glenn Loovens has picked up an unfortunately timed foot injury in training and may also miss the clash.


Roger Johnson was hurt in the closing stages of the 2-1 victory over Norwich City, but stepped up to head the winner sparking a 'limping' celebration as the defender hobbled towards the touchline. The injury was similar to a previous one picked up by the former Wycombe Wanderers man, but is not as serious as thought and after two weeks rest, Johnson should be fit for the game.


Johnson is almost certain to play but Purse is highly likely to miss out, Loovens also rated as 50:50 at this stage while 'emergency' centre-half Kevin McNaughton is still not recovered from his groin problem.


This means that either Chris Gunter or Darcy Blake could be asked to cover at centre-back, Gunter having played there in a recent Wales U21s match and Blake covering as a centre-half in the Carling Cup (this year and last).


The situation is not ideal, and both youngsters will probably be involved, with Gunter expected to keep his right back shirt.


Plans to bring in a loan centre-half have failed to materialise despite a two week gap and with no word from the club, it looks like we will be continuing with the current squad for the time being.



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

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Thursday September 13 2007
Time: 2:52PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Cardiff City Articles

FA End Betting Sponsorship

Late yesterday afternoon, the Football Association announced the result of its three month review of their relationship with gambling companies and that association now comes to an end.

Sky Confirm TV Selection Windows For 2017/18

With the release of the EFL fixture lists on Wednesday morning, Sky Sports have released their outline giving fans an idea of when television selections will be made this season.

2017/18 Final Weekend Details

With the release of the Premier League fixtures last week and last Wednesday seeing the EFL following suit, the full details for the final weekends across...

30 Minute Halves - No Rebounds On Penalties?

The International Football Association Board are investigating a variety of rule book changes when it comes to the future of football.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Cardiff
Write For Vital Cardiff
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Huddersfield MotM
Suggested By:
Murphy10%
Peltier9%
Connolly0%
Morrison0%
Richards36%
Gunnarsson9%
Ralls0%
Bennett0%
Pilkington0%
Zohore18%
Hoilett0%
Sub-Whittingham9%
Sub-M Harris0%
Sub-Lambert9%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Football Comment