Andreas Cornelius could make his Barclays Premier League debut when Cardiff host Manchester City.
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The Danish striker missed last weekend's defeat at West Ham due to an ankle injury, but is fighting fit for the visit of Manuel Pellegrini's men.
Andrew Taylor is set to slot in at left-back in place of Declan John having been suspended last week, while Malky Mackay must weigh up whether to give John Brayford a debut on the other side of defence in place of Matthew Connolly.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (groin) misses the trip to Cardiff and could be sidelined for a month.
Matija Nastasic will replace him in central defence if he can prove his fitness after an ankle injury.
Fellow defender Micah Richards (hamstring) is likely to be out for another week while striker Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) hopes to be available to make his debut.
Cardiff (from): Marshall, Connolly, Taylor, Caulker, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Medel, Cornelius, Campbell, Brayford, Kim, Smith, Gestede, Noone, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Mason, Conway, Maynard, McNaughton, Lewis, Moore, Bellamy, John.
Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Lescott, Boyata, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Navas, Fernandinho, Barry, Toure, Garcia, Dzeko, Aguero, Jovetic, Negredo, Rodwell.