Cardiff medics assess injured duo

17 September 2009 11:02
Cardiff City hope midfielder Joe Ledley will be fit for their Championship clash with QPR on Saturday. The Welsh international limped out of Cardiff's 1-0 win at Reading in the 87th minute with a calf injury. But promising teenage right-back Adam Matthews will be out for up to three weeks after suffering a suspected groin tear in Wednesday's victory. Welsh under-21 international Matthews was replaced by Paul Quinn in the 32nd minute at the Madejski Stadium. Ledley is receiving intensive treatment on the injury as boss Dave Jones wants his influential midfielder to play. Jones is already without attacking duo Kelvin Etuhu and Ross McCormack. Etuhu, on a season-long loan from Manchester City, will be out for up to eight weeks with ankle ligament damage after crashing into advertising boards in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle. While top-scorer McCormack, who scored 23 goals for Cardiff last season, will not return from a hamstring injury until the end of the month. Meanwhile, full-back Kevin McNaughton is set to be out for another three to four weeks with a ankle ligament damage. Jones will now try to persuade chairman Peter Ridsdale for funds to reinforce his injury-hit squad in the recently-opened loan market. "We're not short of midfielders but we're short up front, we know that," said Jones, whose side have climbed to fourth in the Championship table. "I'm trying to get someone else in and I will force the chairman's hand a little bit. "He's coming back [from Reading] in my car, I've got that ejector seat ready for him if he says no!"

Source: BBC_Sport