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Cardiff City Vs Bristol City, Sat 16 Oct 2010

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Dave Jones' biggest selection dilemma ahead of Cardiff's Severnside derby against neighbours Bristol City remains how to get the best out of Craig Bellamy.

The striker recovered from his latest troublesome knee problem to play the whole 90 minutes in City's 2-1 win at Barnsley.

His ongoing knee issues mean Jones may have to use Bellamy sparingly this term if he is to see the best of the on-loan Manchester City marksman.

Michael Chopra made a goalscoring return for Cardiff's reserves in midweek after more than seven weeks on the sidelines recovering from ankle ligament damage, and could play a part in the lunchtime kick-off.

But midfielder Danny Drinkwater (thigh) and defender Chris Riggott are not ready.

Darcy Blake was dismissed at Oakwell a fortnight ago for two yellow card offences and will serve a one-match suspension.

Bristol City have no new problems. Jamie McAllister suffered a cut to the head from a stray ball at the club's golf day on Wednesday, but the defender will be fit to travel.

Strikers Nicky Maynard (knee) and Sam Vokes (hamstring) remain out. Wolves striker Vokes resumed his loan spell at Ashton Gate this week following treatment at his parent club but this game comes too soon for the Wales international.

Otherwise, boss Keith Millen has a full squad to choose from as his bottom-of-the-table side look for a first league win in five matches.

"I think Cardiff is a good game for us because we are very much the underdogs going into it and everybody expects them to enjoy themselves and put on a good display," said Millen. "It's also a bit of a local derby, so it's a big one for both the supporters and the players and we'll need to make sure that we're strong, resilient and tough to beat.

"If we can go there and get a good result then it will give us something to build on and a confidence boost going into the double-header at home against Reading and QPR next week."

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Internationals
Bristol City
Football
Championship
Jamie McAllister
Craig Bellamy
Darcy Blake
Michael Chopra
Sam Vokes
Nicky Maynard
Chris Riggott
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