Blackburn v Cardiff preview

Blackburn boss Henning Berg will enjoy bolstered options in

midfield when Championship leaders Cardiff visit Ewood Park on

Friday night.

Club stalwart David Dunn returned to the match-day squad for

Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley following a lengthy spell on the

sidelines with a calf injury.

Dickson Etuhu will provide further options for Berg in the

centre of the park having overcome the effects of illness.

Veteran Portugal striker Nuno Gomes remains absent with a

hamstring problem, although countryman Fabio Nunes is back in

training following a similar complaint and could come into

contention.

Also pressing his case for a place on the wing is on-loan

Manchester United youngster Josh King, who impressed after

replacing Morten Gamst Pedersen early in the second half at Turf

Moor.

Cardiff are boosted by the return of winger Craig Noone.

The former Plymouth man has enjoyed a productive start to life

in south Wales after moving from Brighton and he is available for

selection again after serving a one-match ban for his red card

against Derby.

Tommy Smith is also close to a return and the former QPR man is

targeting the December 15 clash with Peterborough for a return from

the hamstring injury that has kept him out since October.

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay was without a number of key players

during November but is relieved that the majority of them have now

returned to action ahead of the trip to face Berg’s men.

“I was delighted to get Ben Turner and Andrew Taylor back, they

are two big players for me,” Mackay said. “And I was delighted to

get Jordon Mutch back on Sunday.

“I had Don Cowie and Kevin McNaughton back on the bench as well.

So to have them back and Noone back for Friday night, after coming

through a period in November where we were ravished by five or six

first players missing, gives us great hope.”