Team News: Gestede set for Cardiff return

Gestede to return


Ipswich Town v Burnley (7.45pm)

Paul Jewell has a selection dilemma over Jason Scotland. The Trinidad & Tobago striker is two starts away from activating a clause in his contract which would see him given a one-year extension to his contract on the same wages. Jewell is aware that the Tractor Boys need to begin cutting costs, so questions will be raised as to whether they can afford to pay Scotland his current wages for another campaign - especially as he may only be a rotation option next season. Jimmy Bullard has returned from his internal suspension, although he requires more training to ensure he is match fit and will not be a part of the squad. Midfielder Ryan Stevenson is still awaiting his first start since signing from Hearts in January.

Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez looks set to win his fitness battle. Rodriguez, top scorer with 21 goals, missed the weekend stalemate with Cardiff after being substituted at half-time in the Clarets 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace. Elsewhere, Danny Ings was replaced in the dying minutes in Wales, but the striker was only suffering from cramp and will be available for selection. Danny Lafferty was given his first start for by Eddie Howe at the weekend and the former Derry City man will be hoping to continue his run in the team following praise from the manager. Junior Stanislas will be monitored after making his return from injury with a 73-minute role against Cardiff.

Cardiff City v Coventry City (7.45pm)

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has hinted Rudy Gestede could return. After drawing 0-0 with Burnley at the weekend, Mackay will be desperate for his squad to show they are not suffering a Carling Cup hangover following the defeat on penalties to Liverpool. Gestede's return could help with the lack of goals, but Mackay has also publicly backed the misfiring Kenny Miller. Robert Earnshaw replaced Miller on Sunday and will be hoping to get the nod if Mackay opts to change his strikeforce. Slovakian midfielder Filip Kiss missed the Burnley clash with illness but should be back in the squad alongside Darcy Blake. Stephen McPhail made a five-minute substitute appearance in the weekend stalemate after returning from Sjogren's Syndrome and he will be hoping for a place in the squad once again. Craig Conway will hope to challenge loanee Liam Lawrence for a starting berth after impressing during his 27-minute spell against the Clarets.

Coventry are sweating on the fitness of striker Cody McDonald. McDonald was only fit enough for a place amongst the substitutes in the 1-1 draw with Watford at the weekend and may have to settle for a similar role again as he struggles to fully overcome a groin problem. Andy Thorn also has concerns over winger David Bell who has missed the Sky Blues' last three games with a groin problem. His loss is felt harder for Thorn due to the fact that fellow wideman Carl Baker is out for the foreseeable future with a hamstring injury. Hermann Hreidarsson is out for the rest of the season having dislocated his shoulder, while Richard Wood's knee injury is set to keep him out for a while longer yet. Jordan Clarke was substituted with cramp towards the end of the weekend draw but will not miss the trip to Wales.

Blackpool v Leicester City (8pm)

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is set to have a full squad to choose from. Holloway shuffled his pack to recall Neil Eardley, Keith Southern and Kevin Phillips as the Seasiders banished back-to-back defeats with a 3-1 win over Brighton, with the latter bagging a brace. If veteran striker Phillips or Gary Taylor-Fletcher - recently back from a knee problem - are rested, Roman Bednar and Lomana LuaLua could come into contention after appearing as late second-half substitutes against the Seagulls. Saturday's victory moved Blackpool back into the play-off places and Holloway needs to taste victory over a club that sacked him four years ago to maintain their promotion push.

Leicester midfielder Paul Gallagher is a major doubt. Gallagher suffered a twisted knee during the 5-2 FA Cup defeat to Chelsea and was replaced after 43 minutes. Manager Nigel Pearson admits they do not know how bad the injury is, but the Scottish international will be monitored before the game. Ben Marshall, who scored a sublime curling effort at Stamford Bridge, will be hoping his cameo substitute appearance at the weekend will be enough to earn him a start, should Gallagher not make the squad. Pearson has indicated Neil Danns is also a doubt and will be assessed before the game. Midfielder Andy King (heel) is back in training but is around two weeks away from being fit enough to play again.

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