- Icelandic international Aron Gunnarsson could be involved after recovering from a serious ankle injury, while Craig Bryson completed his return from injury on Boxing Day, featuring in the Bluebirds’ 4-2 defeat to Fulham.
- Towering centre-half Sean Morrison is out, with Lee Camp and Kadeem Harris the only other injury concerns for the hosts.
- Daryl Horgan will likely retain his spot on the left-hand side of midfield, with Callum Robinson absent from the Lilywhites’ 0-0 draw against Barnsley, while Alan Browne is pushing for a recall.
- Darnell Fisher is battling to return in time for this clash. Calum Woods remains available to deputise should he be needed.
- Alex Neil’s squad remains plagued with injuries. Sean Maguire is out with a hamstring problem, while Tommy Spurr, Greg Cunningham and Joshua Earl are also sidelined.
Cardiffareundefeated in their last 8 home matches against Preston in all competitions.
- Neil Warnock received the opposite response to Cardiff’s 2-0 defeat to Bolton than he would’ve hoped for, with his side falling to a 4-2 home defeat against Fulham. Out of the top two for the first time in months, the Bluebirds need to bounce back with a win here.
- Preston’s play-off hopes remain alive and healthy, with just a four-point deficit left to close. Alex Neil’s side are now unbeaten in eight league games and gathering momentum in their charge for the top six.
- Fears of a collapse are rife around the Millennium Stadium and Neil Warnock will be feeling the pressure ahead of this crucial tie. Expect a cagey, well-fought affair.