Cardiff v Peterborough preview
Tommy Smith is set for a return to Cardiff’s squad as they
prepare to host bottom-placed Peterborough in the Championship on
The former Watford midfielder has missed the last nine games
with a hamstring injury, but is hoping to be included in Malky
Mackay’s squad to face Posh.
A lengthy injury list, which had deprived Mackay of a number of
first-team players in November, has now been all-but cleared, and
with an in-form squad, the npower Championship leaders will be
looking to continue their perfect home form against Darren
Mackay will be without defender Mark Hudson due to suspension
however, with Matthew Connolly expected to play alongside Ben
Turner in the heart of the defence.
Kevin McNaughton will be Connolly’s first-choice replacement at
right-back, while midfield playmaker Peter Whittingham is expected
to take Hudson’s captain’s armband.
Jordan Mutch returns after missing the 4-1 victory at Blackburn
through suspension, meaning Nicky Maynard, ruled out for the season
with a knee injury, is the only long-term absentee.
Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson remains without a trio of key
players ahead of Saturday’s game.
Defenders Kgosi Ntlhe and Peter Grant (knee) both remain
long-term absentees while loanee Saido Berahino’s recent return to
West Brom leaves Ferguson short of attacking options.
Fellow striker Tyrone Barnett returned to London Road earlier
this week but is ruled out for up to three months after suffering a
serious knee injury while on loan at Ipswich.
Ferguson was unable to name a recognised striker on the bench
for last weekend’s defeat to Middlesbrough as the division’s bottom
club suffered a
third straight defeat.
But the Posh chief insists his side head to Wales looking to
secure all three points.
“We’ll go there and play the same way – we’ll go and try to win
the game,” he told the club’s official website.