Bothroyd boost for Bluebirds

Last updated : 11 September 2009 By Michael Morris
The City striker was subbed after just 8 minutes at Doncaster suffering from a hamstring injury. But the two week break has given him the chance to regain fitness and he'll play against Newcastle.

Joe Ledley can also play after a successful run out against Russia using a cast on his arm to protect a fracture in his wrist.

City's only two senior injury concerns are Kevin McNaughton and Ross McCormack. Ross is closing in on fitness but there's no imminent return for McNaughton.

Speaking about opponents Newcastle Utd, Dave Jones said

"They're a Premier League football club in this division.

"I think this is one of the biggest league games this football club has had for many a year because of who we are playing."

Newcastle, under Chris Hughton are top of the table going into this weekend. City's shock defeat at Doncaster allowed the Magpie's to take a three point lead over the Bluebirds. Newcastle have won their last four league games and will be looking to show the watching TV audience as well as the sold out Cardiff City Stadium that they should not be in the is division.

"Everybody wrote them off - the so-called experts not the people within the game," Jones continued.

"They knew they had good players and the staff know their players because they've been there a while.

"Nobody expected them to be as bad as what the experts were saying, because players have a lot of pride and 44,000 fans that turn up won't allow them to go out on to the pitch and not perform.

"Hopefully we can get the result we are all looking for. We are playing a very, very tough side who are top of the league.

"They will want to stay there but we want to knock them off and get with them."

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