Whittingham - We can cope

Bluebirds midfielder backing strength in depth

Bothroyd: Suspended

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Peter Whittingham insists Cardiff City can cope without the loss of star striker Jay Bothroyd for their South Wales derby with Swansea.

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The Bluebirds will be without their leading scorer for Sunday's clash at the Cardiff City Stadium as he collected his fifth booking of the season against Norwich.

Bothroyd opened the scoring against the Canaries, but he will now miss their weekend encounter after picking up a second-half booking in their 3-1 home success.

The former Wolves and Stoke striker has 10 league goals to his name this season, but Whittingham believes Cardiff have the strength in depth to cope with his absence.

Harsh

"Jay is on fire so losing him for the derby is a massive blow for us," said Whittingham. "He came into this match with four bookings so it was always going to be hard for him.

"This yellow card was a bit harsh. He was trying to win the ball and help the team. But we have got a great squad here, and there are people who can come into the side and do well.

"There are players on the bench who are just as good as Jay. We face Swansea next and I'm sure all the lads are thinking about that match now.

"Swansea have just had such a good victory of their own, at Crystal Palace, and they're not that far behind us. So it's a massive game."