Bluebirds pair back for Wembley

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Cardiff have been boosted by the return of winger Chris Burke and centre-back Anthony Gerrard ahead of the Coca-Cola Championship play-off final against Blackpool.

Burke (groin) missed the semi-final second leg against Leicester after limping out of the reverse fixture, while Gerrard missed both ties against the Foxes with a calf problem.

The duo may have to settle for places on the bench as manager Dave Jones looks set to name an unchanged side.

Top scorer Peter Whittingham is expected to shake off a groin problem and strikers Jay Bothroyd and Michael Chopra, who have been having treatment on knocks this week, will also be fit.

Victory would make Cardiff the first non-English club to win promotion to the Premier League.

"It's life-changing, not just for the football club, but everyone in the city," said Jones.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway also looks likely to name an unchanged line-up.

Holloway has named the same starting XI for the past five matches and, with no new injury or suspension concerns to contend with, he seems certain to do so once more.

Striker Stephen McPhee and defender Danny Coid remain sidelined through injury and Hameur Bouazza is still out because of a groin problem.

The Seasiders have not played in the top flight since 1971 but they booked their place at Wembley with an impressive 6-4 aggregate victory over Nottingham Forest.

Holloway said: "My lads are more than capable of producing something special in a game that is more important than any other they have played in."

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Chris Burke
Peter Whittingham
Danny Coid
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