Date: 18th April 2007 at 10:01am
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Cardiff City’s Riccardo Scimeca is ready to put his injury nightmare of the last couple of months behind him and start against QPR at the weekend.

Scimeca had torn a muscle in his hamstring, and his comeback has been repeatedly hampered by recurrance of the injury.

He returned to the line-up to face Sunderland, but was forced off at half-time. Scimeca now looks set to resume alongside Stephen McPhail although many fans would prefer to see McPhail rested and Ledley continue in midfield.

Scimeca was due to line-up against Stoke last weekend but phoned Dave Jones at 9am to inform him of stiffness he felt after Friday’s training session.

Scimeca’s presence and ball-winning abilities have been missed in central midfield and with no like-for-like cover available, squad reshuffles have been needed to fill the gap. Simon Walton initially filled in, but was ineffective and then picked up a suspension after a straight red card for a horrific foul on Sheffield Wednesday’s Peter Gilbert.