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Cardiff V Millwall at Cardiff City Stadium : Match Preview

28 Dec 2012 12:31:14

Cardiff V Millwall at Cardiff City Stadium : Match Preview

Cardiff V Millwall - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.


Connolly back for Bluebirds

League leaders Cardiff welcome back Matthew Connolly from suspension for the visit of Millwall.

The defender, 25, missed the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace after picking up a fifth caution of the campaign during the win against Leicester.

But the player may struggle to reclaim his spot at right-back after his replacement Kevin Naughton received praise from Malky Mackay for the way he dealt with Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

Mackay could hand Aron Gunnarsson a start after the midfielder came off the bench at half time and scored the winner against Ian Holloway's side.

Kim Bo-Kyung is pushing for a recall after being dropped to the bench on Boxing Day as Craig Noone was preferred in midfield.

Attacker Tommy Smith and midfielder Kadeem Harris are closing in on a return but Nicky Maynard is out for the rest of the campaign with a knee ligament injury.

Adam Smith is available for Millwall after the club successfully appealed against his red card.

The on-loan Tottenham defender was facing a three-match ban after being dismissed in the second half of the 2-1 home defeat to Barnsley.

However, the Lions launched an appeal and on Thursday an FA disciplinary hearing overturned the decision.

Striker Andy Keogh has been struggling with a broken toe and missed the Tykes clash but he could return to contention.

Kenny Jackett's side side have claimed just one win from their last five games, a run which could prompt the boss to make changes.

His alternative options include midfielders Shaun Batt and Dany N'Guessan, both of whom were on the bench last time out.


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