Cardiff manager Dave Jones has huge injury concerns ahead of the crunch clash against derby rivals Swansea.
Defender Gabor Gyepes, who would have missed the encounter in any case following his dismissal against Leicester in midweek, has been ruled out for three to four weeks after tearing his hamstring.
But Jones` defensive headache does not end there as full-back Mark Kennedy will also miss out due to hamstring tear of his own while Paul Quinn (hamstring strain) is a doubt.
Makeshift centre-back Darcy Blake (neck) went off after just 35 minutes against the Foxes and he will be assessed on Friday along with fellow defender Anthony Gerrard (calf).
Elsewhere, in-form winger Chris Burke is definitely ruled out, once again with a hamstring tear sustained against the Foxes, while Kelvin Etuhu (fatigue) will be handed a late fitness test.
Kevin McNaughton, Mark Hudson and Joe Ledley are not yet ready to return but one rare piece of good news for Jones is the availability of striker Jay Bothroyd after suspension.
Swansea captain Garry Monk should return to the starting line-up.
The defender returned from a calf injury against West Brom last month, but subsequently missed the next three matches after suffering a recurrence of the problem. However, he has been back in training for over a week now and is fully fit and available for selection.
Joe Allen will be pushing for a start after coming off the bench to make a successful return from a knee injury in last weekend's goalless draw with Ipswich, while David Edgar will be hoping to retain his place in the starting XI following his debut in that clash.
Albert Serran is back in training following a hamstring injury, but Saturday's clash is likely to come too soon for the defender.
Federico Bessone (knee) is hoping to start light training in the next few days, but Ferrie Bodde (calf) and Jordi Lopez (ankle) remain on the sidelines.
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