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Jones hopes to hold on to Chopra

Venue: Ninian Park Date: Saturday, 6 December Kick-off: 1500 GMT
Coverage: Score updates on BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Sport website

Michael Chopra
Chopra has struggled with fitness and a gambling addiction

Cardiff boss Dave Jones is hoping Roy Keane's resignation from Sunderland will not affect their hopes of holding on to Michael Chopra.

Keane quit on Thursday after five defeats in six saw the Black Cats slip to 18th in the Premier League.

Chopra's loan spell at Ninian Park ends in January and Cardiff want to keep him longer or even permanently.

"We will have to wait and see what goes on, who comes in and if they keep the same staff," Jones told BBC Wales.

"They can't call him back until the date that it's up."

But Jones admitted he was surprised by Keane's exit but does not believe the Bluebirds would have to wait long to find out if they can hold on to Chopra.

"What normally happens is a manager comes in and wants to see all of the players at the football club," he said.

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"The other thing is whoever goes in will know the players because they are well established and on television a lot.

"It's just whether they fit the criteria for the manager that goes there."

Chopra, 24, was an immediate hit in south Wales after joining Cardiff on a free transfer from Newcastle United in time for the 2006/7 season.

The striker's 22 goals that season in the Championship saw a swift return to the north east, with Sunderland paying 5m for Chopra in July 2007.

But he lost his place in the side and suffered from personal problems.

Since his return to south Wales, Chopra has scored twice in five appearances, but is a doubt for the visit of Preston on Saturday with a heel problem and sickness.

Preston are sixth in the Championship, two points ahead of Cardiff who have won just one of their last six games.

"In this part of the world, everyone thinks you are one game away from disaster," said Jones.

"They are a good side, they were last year.

"They are one of the sides around us and they will want to break away from us, like we will want to break away from them."

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see also
Cardiff v Preston
05 Dec 08 |  Championship
Keane resigns as Sunderland boss
04 Dec 08 |  Sunderland


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