Date: 19th August 2009 at 2:36pm
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Cardiff City will face a severe headache in terms of selection for Sunday`s Severnside derby after left back Tony Capaldi was sent off for two bookable offenses against his former club Plymouth Argyle last night.

The Bluebirds are already severely depleted, and full-back is undoubtedly the problem point with Tony Capaldi himself already the third choice at left-back and a 17 year old debutant on the other!

Kevin McNaughton is first choice on the left, but remains sidelined for a few weeks. His place was taken by veteran Mark Kennedy who impressed in that role last season. However, a hamstring problem has ruled him out handing a chance to Tony Capaldi. Now, the Northern Irishman has picked up an automatic 1 match suspension and will miss the big game against rivals Bristol City.

Our first choice right-back is Paul Quinn, he was ruled out of the previous game but could return for Sunday`s clash. If fit, Quinn may play on the left-side of defence with teenager Adam Matthews continuing on the right. However, if Quinn is not available – Dave Jones faces a tricky decision.

Darcy Blake and Miguel Comminges are the two players most likely to step in, but neither has any significant gametime behind them or seems a big part of Jones` plans. They are both full-backs, but both primarily right-sided. To my knowledge, Blake has not operated on the left for the first team but Comminges did have a few games in that role last year – looking uncomfortable and a weak link.

The only other option available to Dave Jones would be switching one of his midfielders back to a defensive role. Joe Ledley and Peter Whittingham both have experience as a left-back and either could be used to make way for the return of Stephen McPhail in midfield. Ledley seems the more likely candidate as a left-back but has operated in central midfield all season and would seem a waste at left back.

The problem is all the more disappointing given that we were 3-0 up with moments to go when Capaldi collected his 2nd yellow, for a deliberate handball in the area. There was no need, and it costs him a chance to stake his claim for a regular starting spot.

 

3 Replies to “Cardiff City Left-Back Crisis Deepens”

  • If i was DJ i would play miguel comminges. I thought he did alright last season; but its only been 4 games this season and a quater of cardiff city’s team is out he needs to bring some players in.

  • Personally, I’d play three at the back (Gyepes, hudson, gerrard) with Adam Matthews and Joe ledley as full-backs!

  • maybe, but i think that if you play five at the back the team that is playing against cardiff wil domonait the game. And look at the game against blackpool they killed us in the midfield.

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