Pearson handed double boost

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Michael Morrison and Nicky Adams will recover from injury to give Leicester boss Nigel Pearson a boost ahead of the Championship play-off semi-final first leg against Cardiff at the Walkers Stadium.

Defender Morrison missed the final league game of the season with an ankle injury while midfielder Adams (leg) was also absent against Middlesbrough. But both resumed training this week and are expected to be available.

Joint-leading scorer Matty Fryatt made a surprise return as a substitute against Boro. It was the 12-goal striker`s first appearance since fracturing his jaw against Doncaster in early February and he will be in the squad once again.

Therefore, long-term injury victim Aleksandar Tunchev (knee) aside, Steve Howard is the only definite absentee. The striker completes a three-match suspension for the red card he received against Watford on April 17.

Cardiff are close to full strength for the clash.

Kelvin Etuhu has been suffering with a sickness bug but is expected to be fit, so long-term absentees Gavin Rae (ankle and knee) and Miguel Comminges (knee) will be the only players to miss out.

Additionally, boss Dave Jones has cut the size of his travelling squad to 20 players in order to maintain unity within the group.

Jones insists there is nothing to choose between the four teams jostling for play-off glory and a lucrative spot in next season's Premier League.

Cardiff, buoyed by their highest league finish for almost 40 years and the recent confirmation of investment from the Far East, are bidding to make history by becoming the first team from outside England to compete in the Premier League.

And while he hopes it will be City, Jones insists picking a winner to triumph in the world's richest game of football at Wembley on May 22 is too tough to call.

"Take out Newcastle, and you can throw in West Brom and we're all the same. We've all got good quality players, we've all had our really good games and we've had our mediocre and poor games," he said.

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Kelvin Etuhu
Aleksandar Tunchev
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Nicky Adams
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