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Chopra returns on loan to Cardiff

Sunderland striker Michael Chopra celebrates his winner at Aston Villa
Michael Chopra left Cardiff for Sunderland in July 2007

Michael Chopra has returned to Cardiff City from Premier League Sunderland as a loan-signing and could play at QPR in the Championship on Saturday.

Chopra, 24, is back at the Bluebirds until January to help plug the gaps created by injuries to Jay Bothroyd and Ross McCormack.

The move is likely to spark speculation Chopra will return on a more permanent basis in the January transfer window.

Chopra joined Sunderland from Cardiff in July 2007 for 5m.

A statement on the Bluebirds website read: "We are pleased to announce that having acted quickly in the market a loan deal has now been completed."

McCormack is out for up to four weeks and Bothroyd for up to eight after suffering hamstring injuries in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Wolves in the Championship.

Boss Dave Jones has only Eddie Johnson and Paul Parry available to fill the gaps until a new recruit can be signed and Chopra's arrival eases his worries.

Bothroyd lasted just 13 minutes of Saturday's 2-1 loss, while top scorer McCormack pulled up early in the second half having struck his 11th goal of the season.


The duo joined midfielders Mark Kennedy, Riccardo Scimeca and Tony Capaldi on the mid-term injury list.

Between them, McCormack and Bothroyd have scored 14 of the Bluebirds' 19 league goals this season, helping to lift Cardiff to sixth in the Championship.

Former Wales and Cardiff striker Nathan Blake described Chopra's return as a massive boost for Cardiff, and good timing.

"It's a fantastic coup all round," Blake said. "Good for him, good for Sunderland and good for Cardiff City."

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