Cardiff v N Forest preview

Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Cardiff and Nottingham Forest at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Last Updated: 29/11/11 at 10:06

Hudson: May not be fit

Hudson: May not be fit

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Captain Mark Hudson is a doubt for the Bluebirds.

The centre-back missed the 1-1 draw at Coventry in midweek because of a hamstring strain which he picked up in training, and he may not be fit enough to face Forest.

If Hudson does not recover in time, either Anthony Gerrard or Darcy Blake will fill in alongside Ben Turner at the heart of the Bluebirds' defence.

Otherwise, striker Rudy Gestede misses out as he continues his recovery from a hamstring problem, but manager Malky Mackay has no new injury or suspension worries ahead of the game.

Mackay is looking to lead Cardiff to a seventh consecutive game unbeaten in all competitions.

Forest, meanwhile, have no new problems ahead of the trip to the Welsh capital.

Manager Steve Cotterill has four players returning from injury. Midfielders Paul Anderson (hamstring) and George Boateng, and forwards Garath McCleary (knee) and Dexter Blackstock (knee) got more minutes under their belts in a reserve-team game on Monday.

Anderson made his comeback as a second-half substitute during the thrilling 3-2 home win over Ipswich, but Cotterill is still mindful of nursing the quartet back into first-team contention.

If Blackstock features, he will be returning to the stadium where he was injured 12 months ago last weekend.

Former Forest striker Robert Earnshaw, who returned to Cardiff during the summer, could line up against the Reds.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

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

Footer 365

Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

Harry Redknapp offered a bizarre defence of under-fire Malky Mackay, saying: "He hasn't murdered anyone, he hasn't raped anyone and he is not a paedophile.

Premier League: Harry Redknapp looking forward to taking on Spurs on Sunday

Harry Redknapp is trying to keep his focus on QPR business ahead of a reunion with Tottenham on Sunday at White Hart Lane.

Kick it Out's Paul Mortimer criticises LMA for brushing-off discrimination as 'banter'

Kick It Out's Paul Mortimer has criticise the LMA for using the word ‘banter’ to describe discriminatory messages.

Mail Box

Man United: One Game To Save Season

They have one match to convince decent players that they are worth joining - over to you, Louis. We also have mails on Malky Mackay, Mario Balotelli and Tim...

Man United Fans Clutching At Straws

While the focus is on Liverpool's move for Mario Balotelli, one Man United fan tries to convince the mailbox with nine reasons why Angel Di Maria would prefer them to PSG...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property