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Team news: Maupay and Veltman to miss Cardiff

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Head coach had positive news on Neal Maupay's shoulder injury.

By Charlie Hanson • 23 August 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay was withdrawn at half-time on Saturday after sustaining a shoulder injury.

Albion face Cardiff City on Tuesday (7.45pm)  as the pair go in search of a place in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The Bluebirds defeated League Two Sutton United 3-2 in the first round, having been defeated at that stage by Northampton Town last season.

Graham Potter’s men reached the fourth round last season, defeating Portsmouth and Preston North End before they were knocked out by Manchester United.

Cardiff have begun their Championship campaign in good form under Mick McCarthy and former Albion striker Terry Connor. An unbeaten start with two wins and two draws sees them sit sixth, following a 3-1 home win over Millwall on Saturday.

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Extended PL Highlights: Albion 2 Watford 0

Albion aren’t in too bad shape themselves, having won their opening two Premier League matches against Burnley and Watford.

Ticket news

Supporters wishing to attend the match against Cardiff City are advised the away ticket Office at Gate 12 will be open from 6pm onwards, this will be for both cash sales on the night as well as the collection point for any late sales.

Team news

Graham Potter said in his press conference on Monday afternoon, "It’s positive news for Neal, he is out of pain and doesn’t require any surgery. Now it’s about how he reacts to physical contact. There’s an outside chance he will be ready for the game against Everton, but the Cardiff match comes too soon. It’s looking like days rather than weeks.

"Joel Veltman isn’t available, we’re looking at after the international break for him, considering how much he has missed.

"We will have to balance everything, the boys have done fantastically so far, but having a game in midweek is challenging. We want to try and win the game, but we will be making some changes and we have to manage what’s best for us."

Our last meeting

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion suffered a frustrating 2-0 defeat to Cardiff last time the two teams faced each other.

Albion welcomed Cardiff to the Amex in April 2019, with a 2-0 victory for the visitors dragging Albion closer to the bottom three, while the Bluebirds moved to within touching distance of safety. Albion pulled away from trouble while Cardiff made an immediate return to the Championship.

The Cardiff player to watch

Keiffer Moore was playing non-league football as recently as 2016, before climbing his way up through the EFL in remarkable fashion. After starting at Truro City, the 29-year-old went onto play for Dorchester Town and Yeovil Town before making a name for himself at Barnsley. A move to Wigan followed, before he joined Cardiff in 2020. A healthy return of 21 goals in 47 appearances has followed and Moore was a member of the Wales squad which reached the knockout stages of this summer’s European Championship.

Match officials

Referee: James Bell

Assistants: Mark Derrien and Ravel Cheosiaua

Fourth Official: Lee Swabey