Chopra here for 11 games

Last updated : 06 November 2008 By Michael Morris
That's around 9 weeks in which City have 11 games.

Chopra starts his second spell with Cardiff City at Loftus Rd, the place where he ended the first spell. That day wasn't so great with Chops getting a red card and City losing. Hopefully it will turn out better this weekend.

Cardiff's last game of the year is at home to Plymouth on December 28th. By that time comes around City wil have played at Swansea, twice against Reading and been on TV live twice. It promises to be an exciting couple of months.

Speaking of the return of Chopra Dave Jones said

"We've been working quite hard on it over the last two months really. It was a must to try and get someone in after we lost two of our strikers at the weekend.

"We'd like to think we could sign him permanently but Chopra wants to play in the Premier League, so we need to be in the situation where we can offer that to him. But Sunderland also must want to sell him."

Can Cardiff City sign him permanently?

Anything is possible in football, clearly it's (the loan) deliberately taking us to the 1st of January so our options are open," Chairman Peter Ridsdale said.

"We have discussed whether a permanent move might be a possibility or indeed an extended loan period.

"We've been monitoring his (Chopra's) progress at Sunderland for some time," Ridsdale added.

"I went to watch Stoke and Sunderland last Wednesday and spoke to (Sunderland chairman) Niall Quinn at the time about what their intentions were for Michael.

"But I wasn't thinking of immediately, I was thinking more perhaps of the January transfer window and then of course events of Saturday made us try and accelerate a move and I'm delighted to say we've got him.

"Obviously until last Saturday we were delighted with Ross McCormack and Jay Bothroyd.

"But given both got injured it was critical we went out and got the best striker available to take us through and we're delighted that Michael, who we know extremely well and he knows us, was somebody that we were able to secure - but it wasn't easy."