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Noone set to miss Southampton clash

The 26-year-old winger has scored three times for Cardiff this season Credit: PA Images

Cardiff will be without winger Craig Noone for today's Barclays Premier League clash away to Southampton.

Noone is set to miss the rest of this season due to an abdominal injury, and is due to see a specialist in the United States about the problem.

Striker Kenwyne Jones could also miss out at St Mary's after taking a blow to the kidneys during last weekend's 3-0 home defeat against Crystal Palace.

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, confirmed that Peter Whittingham would start this weekend as the Welsh club target crucial points in their fight against relegation.

This week hasn't been without controversy at the Bluebirds camp. Yesterday, the club contacted the Premier League over concerns understood to relate to accusations that their starting line-up was leaked to opponents Crystal Palace ahead of last Saturday's game.

Cardiff are currently six points adrift of Premier League safety, lying 19th ahead of today's trip to Southampton with just five games left in the season putting them in serious danger of a return to the Championship.

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Cardiff investigate suspected leak of team information

by Nick Hartley, Sports Reporter

Cardiff City are investigating a member of staff tonight over a suspected leak of secret team information to opponents Crystal Palace ahead of last weekend's relegation battle at the City Stadium.

Cardiff have also raised the matter with the Premier League.

Crystal Palace have made no comment on the issue that is the latest twist in a turbulent season at Cardiff.

Member of staff investigated by Cardiff over line-up 'leak'

A member of staff at Cardiff City Football Club is facing disciplinary action over accusations that Cardiff's starting line-up was leaked to their opponents before last weekend's game against Crystal Palace.

ITV News understands the investigations are ongoing over the leak and more actions could follow.

Cardiff were beaten 3-0 by relegation rivals Palace on Saturday. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace have declined to comment on the accusations.

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman has contacted league bosses over the issue.

The Premier League has told ITV News that it is looking into the situation, but it has no further comment at this time.

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Caulker: leaks have been happening all season

Cardiff City captain Steven Caulker has revealed his frustration with the latest turbulence at the club over a suspected leak of private team information and admits it's been happening all season.

To be honest with you, there have been problems like that all season where certain things have been leaked.

For me, it is frustrating. We need to focus on getting things right on the pitch, not what's going on off the pitch.

It has obviously come from somewhere. That's down to the gaffer and the staff above him to sort stuff out, and we can just focus on playing football.

– Steven Caulker, Cardiff City captain

With just five games left to save their Premier League status the latest off-field distraction has come at an unfortunate time for the club. But Caulker says they must put it behind them and focus on the task at hand, beginning with Saturday's must-win trip to Southampton.

A lot of stuff has been going on off the pitch all season. It is important we all ignore all that stuff. Our performances have not been up to scratch of late.

As far as the boys are concerned, we back ourselves. We've had the support of the fans all season, we've had the support of both managers we've worked under. I find it hard to see where it could be coming from.

You have a bit of banter with your ex team-mates and friends in football. Until the Premier League have investigated it and got to the bottom of it, I certainly won't be pointing any fingers.

Cardiff manager Solskjaer rules out leak from players

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has categorically denied that a suspected leak ahead of last weekend's meeting with Crystal Palace came from one of his players.

The club have made contact with the Premier League over suspicions that their opponents in the relegation clash were handed secret team info ahead of the game.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is adament that any leak did not come from one of his players.

He said: "I have got no reason to doubt any player's professionalism, honesty, integrity, loyalty."

Asked specifically if he could dismiss any alleged leak emanating from a Cardiff player, Solskjaer added: "Categorically. When you are in a football club, you stick together. That's the key."

Cardiff speak to league over suspected Palace leak

Cardiff City have confirmed that club chairman Mehmet Dalman has been in contact with the Premier League in relation to Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

The discussions are understood to be in relation to accusations that Cardiff's starting line-up was leaked to their opponents before last weekend's vital relegation clash.

Iain Moody was a close colleague of former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay. Credit: PA

Palace sporting drector Iain Moody worked for Cardiff until earlier this season. He took up a post at Palace last November.

Moody, though, has refuted the allegations, telling The Sun: "That is incredibly, extraordinarily untrue. That is untrue, completely untrue."

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Sir Dave Brailsford leaves British Cycling director role

A statement from British Cycling on Sir Dave Brailsford is expected later today. Credit: PA

Sir Dave Brailsford has left his role as British Cycling performance director, Press Association Sport understands.

Brailsford has led Britain's cyclists to an unprecedented period of success, with eight gold medals at the Beijing and London Olympics and has arguably been more influential than any other person in turning cycling into a mainstream sport in this country.

The 50-year-old Welshman also established Team Sky, winning the Tour de France through Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Chris Froome in 2013.

Now Brailsford has decided to concentrate on his role as Team Sky principal, leaving British Cycling looking for a new figurehead in the lead up to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in two years' time.

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