Portsmouth Vs Cardiff City, Sat 28 Aug 2010

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Portsmouth striker David Nugent needs a late fitness test ahead of the visit of Cardiff.

Nugent scored his first Pompey goal since February 2009 in Tuesday's Carling Cup win over Crystal Palace, but twisted his ankle in the process and had to leave the field.

Boss Steve Cotterill have to check on John Utaka as well after the frontman sat out in midweek with a hamstring strain.

And Cotterill is also waiting on a third forward, veteran Nigerian star Kanu, who could finally be about to resolve his contract wrangle with the club and would therefore be available for the first time this season.

Skipper Marc Wilson is set to play his last game for Pompey with Stoke leading the chase for his signature ahead of Tuesday's transfer deadline.

Cardiff's new striker Andy Keogh could make his debut.

The Republic of Ireland international joined Dave Jones' men on a season-long loan from Wolves on Wednesday and he could parter Craig Bellamy in attack after the Welshman was rested for Cardiff's 2-1 defeat to Peterborough.

However, Cardiff are counting the cost of their Carling Cup defeat to Posh.

Midfield duo Seyi Olofinjana (eye) and his replacement Stephen McPhail both went off injured in the 2-1 defeat and are both doubts.

Striker Michael Chopra, Darcy Blake (both ankle) and fellow defender Kevin McNaughton (hamstring) all picked up injuries in the Welsh outfit's 4-0 win over Doncaster in their last league outing and the trio are all unlikely to feature against Pompey.

Midfielder Jason Koumas played the full 90 minutes for the first time in seven months at London Road so will probably not be risked as he works his way back to full fitness.

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Craig Bellamy
Marc Wilson
Darcy Blake
Michael Chopra
Stephen McPhail
Kevin McNaughton
David Nugent
John Utaka
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