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Cardiff cross fingers over Parry

Paul Parry
Paul Parry's fitness is in doubt for Cardiff's FA Cup semi-final clash with Barnsley

Striker Paul Parry remains Cardiff's biggest injury concern ahead of the FA Cup semi-final clash against Barnsley.

The Wales international had a scan on Wednesday after injuring a hamstring in the previous night's Championship 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

Fellow striker Steve Thompson picked up a similar injury and boss Dave Jones says a decision on their fitness will be left as late as possible.

"At the moment it's not a worry because we're not back until Friday," he said.

"Then we'll get them up and running and see how everybody feels.

"You want everyone to be fit going into a big game - or any game - we need it because we're not carrying the biggest squad anyway."

Jones will have his fingers crossed that his striking options are not limited any further, as Warren Feeney is cup-tied and Robbie Fowler remains on the long-term injury list.

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However, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - who has been sidelined for the last three games with suspension - played in a specially arranged practice match on Tuesday.

And Wales Under-21 defender Darcy Blake is back in contention having come through an extensive training session on Wednesday.

Blake looked to be ruled out of the Wembley tie when he was injured against Bristol City a week last Saturday.

"I've always maintained that someone's loss is always someone else's gain and football is littered with that," Jones added.

"If it (injuries) are there I've learnt not to worry because you can't do anything about it

"Thommo and Paul felt their hamstrings so hopefully it was just a little bit of tiredness after Saturday's game because that was another tough one for us, so we'll see.

"If I was playing in a semi-final of the FA Cup I would play with a broken leg. It would take more than that to keep me out, so I would be disappointed if they weren't ready."

Tuesday's scoreless match at Ninian Park against their fellow FA Cup semi-finalists from the Midlands did neither side any favours in their search for promotion from the Championship.

The Bluebirds' prospects of booking a play-off place now look increasingly difficult as they remain in 12th place and five points adrift of sixth-placed Wolves.

While West Brom, who they could meet at Wembley later in May if the Baggies beat Portsmouth in their own semi-final on Saturday, are in fourth place and are two points off second place and automatic promotion to the Premier League.

  • Staffordshire referee Alan Wiley will be in charge of the Cardiff-Barnsley semi-final.

    Wiley was in charge of Manchester United's fifth-round victory over Arsenal.




  • see also
    BBC Sport Wales coverage
    24 Dec 06 |  Wales
    Barnsley v Cardiff
    03 Apr 08 |  FA Cup
    Jason Perry column
    02 Apr 08 |  Cardiff City
    Cardiff 0-0 West Brom
    01 Apr 08 |  Championship
    No escaping Cup fever - Scimeca
    31 Mar 08 |  Cardiff City


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