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Ledley passed fit for Welsh derby

Venue: Liberty Stadium Date: Sunday, 30 November Kick-off: 1115 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, score updates on BBC Radio 5 Live and text commentary online

Joe Ledley
Joe Ledley is the only home-town player in Cardiff's current first-team

Joe Ledley has been passed fit for the South Wales league derby as the Cardiff City midfielder has recovered early from a dislocated finger.

The Wales international will wear a cast on his injured finger in the long-awaited showdown at Swansea on Sunday.

But match referee Martin Atkinson has asked the club to seek advice from a local official to check the cast is suitable to wear in a league fixture.

Swansea, though, are "very unlikely" to have Leon Britton back from injury.

Ledley required surgery and a pin to mend his dislocated finger sustained in Cardiff's win over Crystal Palace on 15 November.

Bluebirds manager Dave Jones thought Ledley would be out for a month but should the 21-year-old's finger splint be passed suitable, Ledley will return after just two weeks out.

Dave Jones
We all know about bragging rights and we know how important the game is, but more importantly there's three points up for grabs

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones

"We've had a cast made for his finger," confirmed Bluebirds boss Dave Jones.

"We need the all-clear from the referee, which we know we will do, then Joe will be back in the squad.

"He is fit, his his legs and lungs are okay but it's just his finger at this moment in time.

"We spoke to the match referee and he is quite happy to get a local referee in to have at it to give us the all-clear.

"It's only going to be more of a cushion just in case someone bumps up against him it's not going to hurt him.

"He has no fears, it's the index finger and when you're running your fist is normally clenched anyway so he should be okay."

Swansea City are facing a midfield crisis ahead of the first South Wales league derby in nine years as manager Roberto Martinez admits Britton is "very unlikely" to play against Cardiff in the Liberty Stadium sell-out

Martinez, who is already without long-term injury victim Ferrie Bodde and the suspended Jordi Gomez, gives the 24-year-old midfielder just a '10 percent' chance of recovering from a back injury in time.

Britton hobbled off in last Friday's defeat to Birmingham City and Martinez hoped he'd be fit for the Cardiff clash.

A highly-charged atmosphere will be expected at the Liberty Stadium but Jones has a warning for his players.

"There's a danger you play the occasion, rather than the game," said the experienced Cardiff chief.

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"We all know about bragging rights and we know how important the game is, but more importantly there's three points up for grabs."

Swansea won the first part of the South Wales footballing trilogy when they outplayed Cardiff in their 1-0 Carling Cup victory at the Liberty Stadium earlier this season.

"We got wrapped up in everything about a derby match but you've still got to be the same," said Jones.

"We know we let ourselves down last time because we didn't play as well as what we could do.

"They deserved the victory and sometimes you've got to take that on the chin - and we did. Now we've got to put things right."

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see also
Swansea v Cardiff
28 Nov 08 |  Championship
Chopra targets Welsh derby scalp
27 Nov 08 |  Cardiff
Ledley has pins placed in finger
18 Nov 08 |  Cardiff
Swans star Bodde out for season
22 Nov 08 |  Swansea


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