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

Ferguson’s men.

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.