Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Gary Breen has been cleared to play in his first Black Country derby in a fortnight's time after being told he will not have to serve a suspension as a result of his red card at Cardiff, writes Ged Scott.
The former Republic of Ireland international was in line for a three-game ban, which would have forced him to miss the games against Colchester United, his old club Coventry City and West Bromwich Albion.
Breen was red carded by referee Patrick Miller for elbowing City's Steve Thompson, despite the Cardiff player putting a good word in on Breen's behalf to say it had been a mistake.
Thompson's input cut no ice at the time with Mr Miller, Breen's dismissal at Ninian Park midway through the first half proving to be the turning point of the contest.
But Wolves have proved more lucky with their appeal to an FA disciplinary commission, who yesterday waived the player's expected three-match suspension.
Bizarrely, the card will remain on the player's record. But, after reviewing video evidence and taking into account a statement from the Cardiff striker, who repeated his belief that Breen's actions were accidental, the commission have decided that no further punishment should be served.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has had more decent news from his treatment room.
Craig Davies (wrist) and Leon Clarke (ankle) have both recovered from knocks picked up at Cardiff, while Karl Henry is expected to be fit for next weekend after a kick on the outside of his foot.
Carl Cort could be back in full training next week after hamstring trouble.