New Bluebirds trio ready to play

Cardiff's summer signings Tom Heaton, Daniel Drinkwater and Jason Koumas are all in line to start at home to Sheffield United on Sunday.

Last Updated: 07/08/10 at 15:22

Koumas: Set to start

Koumas: Set to start

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The Bluebirds received a huge boost on the eve of their season opener in the Championship with the news their transfer embargo has been lifted by the Football League.

Heaton, Drinkwater and Koumas have now been registered and are eligible to feature against the Blades in what is the Bluebirds' first competitive encounter since their play-off final defeat to Blackpool.

Goalkeeper Heaton competes with David Marshall for the number one jersey while Drinkwater will battle for a starting berth in midfield, but Koumas is not 100% match ready and is likely to find himself being introduced from the bench.

Manager Dave Jones will be without midfielder Stephen McPhail who is recovering from a knee operation.

However Jones is hopeful of having striker Jay Bothroyd available after a slight hamstring problem.

Kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium is at 12.35pm.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:15
Ipswich v Norwich
15:00
Blackburn v Bournemth
Brentford v Birmingham
Brighton v Bolton
Derby v Fulham
Huddersfld v Charlton
M'boro v Sheff Wed
Millwall v Rotherham
N Forest v Reading
Watford v Leeds

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 3 3 7
2 Cardiff 3 3 7
3 Millwall 3 3 7
4 Charlton 3 2 7
5 Bournemth 3 4 6
6 Norwich 3 4 6
7 Watford 3 2 6
8 M'boro 3 2 6
9 Wolves 3 1 6
10 Sheff Wed 3 1 5
11 Ipswich 3 0 4
12 Reading 3 0 4
13 Brentford 3 0 4
14 Derby 3 0 4
15 Blackburn 3 -1 4
16 Birmingham 3 -1 4
17 Brighton 3 0 3
18 Rotherham 3 -2 3
19 Leeds 3 -3 3
20 Huddersfld 3 -5 3
21 Wigan 3 -2 1
22 Bolton 3 -4 1
23 Fulham 3 -3 0
24 Blackpool 3 -4 0

Updated Thu, 21 Aug 2014

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