Cardiff will be missing key men against Town
IPSWICH Town will be facing an injury-hit Cardiff City side in their televised tea time game at the Cardiff City Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 5.20pm).
Aaron Ramsey has returned to Arsenal after spending February on loan at the promotion-chasing Welsh club while Seyi Olofinjana will be missing through injury forcing manager Dave Jones to rethink who will form his midfield engine room.
Olofinjana, who has a knee injury, is a vital ingredient in the Cardiff mix and his aggression and organisation were missed when they were beaten 2-0 at Portman Road in September.
The Nigerian has helped lift Cardiff to third place in the table, and he says that Ipswich cannot be taken lightly.
“There’re no easy games in this division,” he said.
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“If you start thinking one game is easy and one isn’t then you have a problem.
“People expected us to spank Scunthorpe, not just because it was them, but because of their position in the league. But it was one of our hardest games.
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“We knew it would be tough because we knew they would be fighting for their lives and coming trying to take points of us.
“The same with Ipswich. You cannot believe that they are in 14th in the table so they cannot beat is. They are a good side and they can.
“But whoever we play we do feel we can win every game right now.”
One of Peter Whittingham, Jason Koumas or Gavin Rae is set to partner Stephen McPhail in the middle of the park.
With goalkeeper Tom Heaton fighting for fitness due to a groin problem, Cardiff have taken Welsh international Jason Brown on loan from Blackburn Rovers and he is expected to start.
David Marshall is facing elbow surgery, third choice Jordan Santiago has a broken finger and a deal to bring in Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland on loan fell through.
As much as Olofinjana will be missed, Ramsey’s absence will also be felt having starred in the six matches he played for Cardiff, who were beaten in the play-off final by Blackpool last season.
Other than Portsmouth, Cardiff are the only current Championship team where Ipswich have won more times in the league than they have lost.