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Jones faces fresh striker crisis

Jay Bothroyd
Jay Bothroyd signed for Cardiff City last summer from Wolves for 350,000

Dave Jones faces a striker crisis after Jay Bothroyd hobbled out of Cardiff City's Championship draw at Burnley.

The 26-year-old scored in the 2-2 stalemate at Turf Moor before suffering a knee injury to join top-scorer Ross McCormack on Cardiff's injury list.

"Jay has tweaked his knee, we're patching everyone up at the moment," Cardiff boss Jones confirmed.

Eddie Johnson replaced Borthroyd in the 73rd minute to join Michael Chopra, the only other fit City striker, in attack.

Former Blackburn Rovers hitman Bothroyd is slowly starting to fulfil his potential at Ninian Park and his 26th minute strike was his fourth goal this season.

Borthroyd has only recently returned to the Cardiff side following hamstring trouble.

Now the one-time Arsenal trainee will be assessed by the Bluebirds medical team in order to find out the full extent of his new problem.

Scottish striker McCormack has been ruled out for three weeks after suffering his second hamstring tear in five weeks.

The 14-goal forward hobbled off in the 36th minute of Saturday's 2-0 win over Preston and scans have revealed a hamstring tear.

Chopra was signed on loan from Premier League strugglers Sunderland to ease Cardiff's striking problems when McCormack and Bothroyd were out injured last month.

Now Chopra, America international Johnson and makeshift striker Paul Parry are the only fit frontmen at Jones' disposal.

Jones, though, hailed the impact of Bothroyd and his striking colleagues for earning them a hard-earned point at fellow Championship play-off chasers Burnley.

"The four lads up front can rip anyone apart," said the Cardiff manager.

"We have got pace through the side and it is a big asset, they all worked their socks off."

Winger Peter Whittingham will be out until February after rupturing ankle ligaments last month.

But Jones is boosted as Northern Ireland international full-back Tony Capaldi is nearing a first-team return following four months out since undergoing surgery on a knee injury.

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