Cardiff v Reading preview

Date published: Monday 16th May 2011 1:26

Cardiff will make a late decision on the fitness of talisman Craig Bellamy.

Bellamy, one of three players manager Dave Jones is waiting on, was forced off after just 17 minutes of Friday’s goalless first leg nursing a hamstring strain.

Jones said: “We’ll leave it as late as possible, he’s still got a chance and we’ll look at him on Tuesday. He came off as quickly as he could get off so we’ll just wait and see.”

As always, Jones is remaining coy regarding the identity of his two other injury concerns.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton went into the Madejski Stadium clash carrying a groin strain, but was named among the substitutes and could well be one of those still struggling, with Paul Quinn possibly the other after he came off in the 85th minute to be replaced by Lee Naylor.

Jones made two changes for the first leg from the final day draw at Burnley, with midfield pair Mark Hudson and Jason Koumas relegated to the bench in favour of Darcy Blake and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Reading have added Jimmy Kebe to their squad for the trip to the Welsh capital.

The Malian winger has missed the last five games with a thigh strain, but has a chance of featuring and will travel as the Royals look to book a place at Wembley.

The sides fought out a tense 0-0 draw in Friday night’s first leg and manager Brian McDermott – who played for Cardiff – will also hand a late fitness test to Hal Robson-Kanu.

Robson-Kanu has stood in for Kebe in recent weeks, but sustained a hamstring problem last Friday night and will be assessed on the day of the game.

Midfielder Mikele Leigertwood shook off an ankle knock to play in the first leg and Noel Hunt will again partner Shane Long in attack.

Long has scored 21 Championship goals this season, but has not netted in his last five appearances.

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Cardiff v Reading preview

Date published: Monday 31st January 2011 2:31

Aaron Ramsey could well make his second Cardiff debut when Reading visit the Welsh capital.

The midfielder left the Bluebirds for Arsenal in June 2008 but returned to Cardiff last Saturday on a one-month loan deal, although his clearance was not received in time for him to feature in the 4-2 triumph over Watford.

His bow could now come against the Royals, although manager Dave Jones has a selection decision to make with virtually a fully-fit squad of riches at his disposal.

Jay Bothroyd, Michael Chopra, Craig Bellamy, Peter Whittingham, Seyi Olofinjana and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas formed a devastating forward and midfield six against the Hornets, which had City 3-0 ahead just after the half-hour mark.

And with the likes of Jon Parkin, Gavin Rae, Chris Burke, Darcy Blake and Jason Koumas on the fringes, Jones has an embarrassment of options to select from.

Midfielder Stephen McPhail does miss out, however, as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury, while on-loan striker Andy Keogh has been recalled by Wolves and instead loaned out to Bristol City.

Reading are waiting on the fitness of Jimmy Kebe ahead of the tricky trip to Cardiff.

Winger Kebe has been one of the Royals’ most instrumental players this season but missed the FA Cup win at Stevenage at the weekend through illness. He is being monitored and could return in Wales.

Central defender Alex Pearce also missed out at the weekend with a thigh injury and is likely to be unavailable again, meaning club captain Ivar Ingimarsson will continue after his recovery from a long-term hamstring problem.

January signings Mathieu Manset, Brett Williams and Sean Morrison could all travel and be included for the first time.

Strikers Manset and Williams arrived from Hereford and Eastleigh respectively while centre-half Morrison has come in from Swindon. The trio were all cup-tied for the Stevenage game but could feature.

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