The 30-year-old centre-back has served his one-match ban for his fifth yellow card of the season and looks likely to partner Ben Turner at the heart of the Bluebirds' defence.
That would leave Kevin McNaughton and Matt Connolly to battle it out for the right-back slot.
Malky Mackay also has midfielders Jordon Mutch and Aron Gunnarsson pushing for recalls for the npower Championship leaders, who face Crystal Palace at the Cardiff City Stadium on Boxing Day.
Former Watford attacker Tommy Smith is edging closer to a return to action with Mackay wary of rushing him back into action.
Meanwhile Nicky Maynard remains out for the rest of the campaign with his knee ligament injury while Kadeem Harris is almost fit after an ankle problem.