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Johnson eager for Cardiff return

Roger Johnson receives treatment before being taken to hospital following a controversial clash with Claude Davis
Cardiff defender Roger Johnson was kept in hospital until Monday

Roger Johnson has vowed that he will be fit for Cardiff City's Championship match at Preston this Saturday.

The centre-back spent two days in hospital after being caught in the throat by Claude Davis during last Saturday's 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Cardiff want the Football Association to investigate the challenge, although Palace maintain it was not malicious.

"I've said to the doctor and the physio and everyone that... I'll be fit for Saturday," Johnson promised.

Johnson was hit in the throat during the game at Selhurst Park and after having trouble breathing was admitted to hospital, although he was released on Monday.

"Obviously I wanted to stay on [against Palace] but then the doc and Sean [Connelly], the physio, saw me spitting out blood and just... took it out of my hands really," Johnson added.

"I was really gutted about the whole thing and just a bit disappointed with the player [Davis]."

Johnson was forced to sit out the 3-1 win over promotion rivals Burnley on Bank Holiday Monday.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock and Cardiff's Dave Jones were also sent to the stands for the second half of Saturday's game after angry exchanges following Johnson's injury.

But Bluebirds boss Dave Jones is likely to want his inspirational defender back in the starting line-up, if fitness allows, for this Saturday's tricky trip to Preston, who sit just four points outside the play-off places.

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