Crystal Palace have a major headache in defence ahead of the clash with Cardiff.

Claude Davis is serving the final game of his three-match ban and his replacement at centre-half, Matt Lawrence, is now also suspended following his red card at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

Danny Butterfield is unlikely to feature after hobbling off at Forest with a hamstring injury, Nathaniel Clyne remains doubtful with groin trouble and Paddy McCarthy suffered a setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery.

That means boss Paul Hart could have just two recognised defenders available in Clint Hill and Lee Hills.

Austrian international Johnny Ertl could drop back into defence if required.

Midfielder Nick Carle missed out at the City Ground with a knock and will be checked over.

Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd will miss the trip to Selhurst Park having been shown his 10th booking of the season against Sheffield United in midweek.

The former Wolves and Coventry man will now serve a two-match suspension, starting tomorrow and concluding with Tuesday`s visit of Leicester. His absence is likely to mean a recall for Michael Chopra.

Anthony Gerrard (calf) and Kevin McNaughton (thigh) continue to miss out but fellow defender Mark Kennedy stands a reasonable chance of making his comeback after a rib problem and will assessed closer to kick-off.

Kelvin Etuhu made the bench against the Blades on Tuesday after a lengthy absence due to ankle problems and he should again be in Dave Jones` 18.

Midfielder Joe Ledley continues to press on with his rehab work having returned to training after a double hip operation and is scheduled to return in April, along with captain Mark Hudson (ankle) who misses the trip to his former employers.M

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