Joe Mason starts alongside Heidar Helguson for the Bluebirds in Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash at Northampton Town.
The striker hasn't featured for City since turning his ankle in the opening pre-season fixture at Forest Green Rovers on July 28th.
Joe Lewis starts in goal for the tie, behind an inexperienced and un-tried back four of Declan John, Ben Nugent, Dekel Keinan and Deji Oshilaja.
Cardiff City side to face Northampon Town: Lewis, John, Nugent, Keinan, Oshilaja, Conway, McPhail, Ralls, Sainte-Luce, Mason, Helguson. Subs: Parish, Mutch, Jarvis, Darko, O'Sullivan, Hill, Wharton.