Jay Bothroyd was in London yesterday visiting a specialist as his re-occurring calf-injury starts to threaten his playing career.
The 28-year-old has been in fine fettle this season scoring six goals in seven appearances, but the calf strain that ruled him out of Cardiff’s ties with Ipswich and Leicester may be more serious than first thought.
Bothroyd featured in Cardiff’s game with Ipswich last Saturday having not trained or played in a fortnight, but the visit to the specialist will be worrisome to Cardiff fans.
Bluebirds boss Dave Jones has revealed the club’s medical team are investigating a hereditary problem, but Bothroyd dismissed the injury worries and said, “I’m feeling good, sharp and confident and I will be OK to play against Millwall.
The former Arsenal striker has been benefiting this season from the service provided by Craig Bellamy and Peter Whittington and is indispensable in Cardiff’s hunt for a chance in the top flight.
An injury free run and continued support from his team-mates means the 10/1 offered for Bothroyd to be top scorer is extremely tempting.
Despite sitting third in the table, Cardiff have lost their last two games to fellow promotion chasers and Jones will want a victory when Millwall visit the City of Cardiff stadium.
Cardiff may still be without four top players including Bellamy for the game and are 4/5 to win against Millwall and attempt to close the gap on Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers.
Millwall are 7/2 to defeat Cardiff. See the full Championship football betting markets here.