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McEveley: Could return from bruised foot

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Barnsley duo Jay McEveley and Garry O'Connor could both return to the squad for the home clash.

McEveley missed the midweek draw at Scunthorpe due to a bruised foot and striker O'Connor, on loan from Birmingham, was sidelined despite having an injection to aid his recovery from a groin strain.

Defender Bobby Hassell is expected to shake off a knock that forced him off at Scunthorpe but if he fails to make it Keiran Trippier could step in.

Goran Lovre, Jacob Butterfield, Luke Potter and Andy Gray all returned to the starting line-up in midweek and manager Mark Robins must decide whether to stick with them or recall recent loan signing Chris Wood and midfielder Hugo Colace.

Barnsley, 13th in the table and unbeaten at home, are chasing their first win in four league matches.

Craig Bellamy is unlikely to feature for Cardiff.

The on-loan striker managed just two appearances upon his return to his hometown club in late August before encountering more troublesome knee problems while on international duty with Wales and has not played since.

Despite being close to a return, Bellamy has already been omitted from Wales' squad for their forthcoming internationals against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

Jones stated earlier in the week that he will assess Bellamy's fitness with a view to the Barnsley clash, but he is almost certain not to risk him at Oakwell bearing in mind City's next game is two weeks away.

Danny Drinkwater (thigh) and Michael Chopra (ankle) are also both targeting the October 16 derby against Bristol City for their respective comebacks.

Midfielder Seyi Olofinjana made his return in Tuesday's goalless draw against Crystal Palace, while Jones will check on the availability of Stephen McPhail after he missed the stalemate with a back strain.

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