Leicester v Cardiff. Match preview

Last updated : 11 February 2012 By Sporting Life

Beckford had scored six goals in his last four matches prior to being controversially sent off early in the second half of the defeat to Brighton last weekend. The Foxes appealed against the straight red card and the three-match suspension was overturned.

Neil Danns was also dismissed against Albion but the midfielder will serve his one-match ban.

Leicester finished the game at the Amex Stadium with eight men after Nathan Delfouneso was forced off with an ankle injury in stoppage time but the on-loan striker has "an outside chance" of being involved on Saturday, according to manager Nigel Pearson.

Defender Paul Konchesky had to be substituted at Brighton after sustaining a knock but he trained on Thursday.

Midfielder Andy King (foot), strikers Martyn Waghorn (hamstring), Darius Vassell and Jeffery Schlupp (both knee) remain out while defenders Sol Bamba and John Pantsil are still away at the African Nations Cup.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay will be hoping to be able to call on Mark Hudson and Filip Kiss.

Hudson has not featured for the Bluebirds since the 3-2 victory over Portsmouth on January 21 because of a calf strain, while Kiss missed last week's 3-1 home defeat to Blackpool.

Darcy Blake is also pushing for a recall to the defence after last weekend's disappointment at the hands of Blackpool, while Kadeem Harris - signed from Wycombe in the January transfer window - could make his first appearance for the club after failing to come off the bench last time out.

Full-back Kevin McNaughton is likely to keep his place in defence despite being withdrawn against Blackpool with a tight muscle.

A victory for Cardiff could take the Welsh outfit into the automatic promotion places, if results elsewhere go in their favour.