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Cardiff v Albion - team news

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13:50 14th December 2013

Clarke makes two changes to his starting XI

STEVE Clarke makes two changes to the team that lost 2-0 to Norwich last Saturday.

Jonas Olsson returns from a one-match ban to take his place at the heart of defence alongside Gareth McAuley, with Diego Lugano dropping to the bench.

Shane Long is recalled to the starting XI to spearhead the Baggies attack in place of Victor Anichebe, who misses out altogether due to illness.

Scott Sinclair is named among the substitutes after recovering from a long-term hamstring injury.

He is joined in the dugout by Zoltan Gera, while Steven Reid, Goran Popov, Craig Dawson and Nicolas Anelka are left out.

Peter Odemwingie starts against his former club as Malky Mackay makes three changes to the Bluebirds side that lost 2-0 at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Andrew Taylor and Craig Noone also come back in, with Don Cowie and Kim Bo-Kyung dropping to the bench and Declan John missing out altogether.

CARDIFF: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Turner, Caulker (c) Taylor, Whittingham, Medel, Mutch, Noone, Odemwingie, Campbell. Subs: Lewis (gk), Hudson, Cornelius, Kim, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Maynard.

ALBION: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob, Amalfitano, Sessegnon, Brunt (c), Long. Subs: L Daniels (gk), Gera, Vydra, Morrison, Berahino, Lugano, Sinclair.

REFEREE: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire).

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